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Old 07-23-2012, 04:41 PM   #31
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Is it a Locust? Those are tenacious. Best off trying your best to kill it and then removing the stump. You can rent a stump grinder pretty cheap but it is tough to do a thourough job if you have never done it before. it will also damage the plants that you want to save around it though. On the plus side though you won't have to deal with the dead stump in the ground for years to come.

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Is it a Locust? Those are tenacious. Best off trying your best to kill it and then removing the stump. You can rent a stump grinder pretty cheap but it is tough to do a thourough job if you have never done it before. it will also damage the plants that you want to save around it though. On the plus side though you won't have to deal with the dead stump in the ground for years to come.
It was a hideous half dead tree when we moved in a while back so we had it cut down. I will try to kill it first because I would assume a mooshy dead stump is easier to remove.
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I'm 100% serious about that. Around here, we will take a barrel, cut it in half so that we have a steel tube to contain the fire, then we will set the stump on fire and burn it out for good. Depending on where you live, you may not be able to do that (it also depends on how dry the surrounding ground is. You don't want a wildfire), but it works for us.

Depending on how close the hostas are to it, you may have to transplant them, or just plant new ones. (BTW I'm not good at keeping plants alive, but I can sure kill the hell out of them. You may want to get a second opinion about the hostas. )

This was my suggestion.

I've never tried it.
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I had the same issue with two chestnut trees I cut down in my yard, till I rented a stump grinder from home depot.

But ill tell you that thing beat the help out of me, I ground out the two chestnut stumps both about 12 inches across and a pine stump about 18 inches across and the stumps from a huge bush id cut out. I was physically wore out by the time I was done.

I'd tried the barrel fire thing but ran out of wood before it had much effect on the first stump.

I knew pulling them out with my fil's tractor was out of the question because its only a 30 horse and it can be surprisingly difficult to pull a stump with a tractor. Most of the time you'll just end up tearing up your tractor or rutting the yard or worse getting yourself hurt or killed.

With a stump grinder you can grind them low enough you can mow right over the top of them without hitting them with the blades.

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Not sure what kind of tree it was but here is a pic of the stump. I just cut the new growth off of it less than a week ago and look how many have grown back. I live in a very populated area, so shooting it or blowing it up is out of the question.


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If I had to guess I would guess oak, just looking at the stump…but it's really hard to tell from the picture. A close-up of a couple of leaves would help. Not that it makes any difference. After all, you are trying to kill it!
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If I had to guess I would guess oak, just looking at the stump…but it's really hard to tell from the picture. A close-up of a couple of leaves would help. Not that it makes any difference. After all, you are trying to kill it!
I just cut the suckers off again today or I would post a pic of the leaves. It was hotter than hell out there cutting the grass etc.
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Sounds like I need some of this for in the rocks behind my pool where things grow all the time.
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I've killed an extremely tenacious elm stump with softener salt pellets in largish (~1-1/2"x2" deep) drilled holes. Seems like any type of salt would work; this was just the cheapest per pound...

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