How is the best way to remove a tree stump?

Young lady removing a tree stamp by hand
Young lady removing a tree stamp by hand

How is the best way to remove a tree stump?

There are many times I go to gardens to grind a tree stump and I can see that the customer has really put huge amounts of effort and energy into often removing quite a small tree stump. The quickest and cleanest way to remove a tree stump is by using a stump grinding machine, I’m not saying this just because I own a stump grinder, it is actually a genuine fact!

I will list here a few other ways of removing a tree stump, but if you are thinking about removing a tree stump by hand, I would seriously think about hiring someone like myself to do the job as I have seen many people spend the whole weekend trying to remove a tree stump and getting nowhere.

About a year ago, I had a cherry tree stump that needed removing and unfortunately I was unable to gain access to the property due to the sharp turns and the many steps into the garden, which makes it difficult to get a tracked stump grinder into a garden. So for this particular job, I decided to dig the stump out my hand for the customer as they were very eager to have the stump removed.

The cherry stump was approximately 15 inches (38 cm) diameter with several protruding roots. The main tools that I used were a spade, a strong fork, a mattock, a crowbar, an axe and a bow saw. I avoid using a chainsaw on tree roots as it very quickly blunts the chainsaw almost immediately, due to the nature of the job. To cut a long story short, it took me all day to remove the stump and a lot of hard work and sweat, plus I had to dispose of all the roots. If the tree roots had been ground out with a tree stump grinder, there would be no wood left, just fine mulching’s which would quickly rot down.

There are other ways to remove the tree stump and one of these is by using a mechanical digger, once again a stump grinding is a better option, but a mechanical digger will pull tree stumps out, depending on the size of the machine, but you will have to dispose of the stumps afterwards. Just be aware that if you are digging close to a concrete path or a wall but you need to be careful that you don’t rip the path up, due to the roots growing underneath the path.

Another way is to buy tree root killer, however this is an extremely slow way to dispose of a tree stump and I certainly wouldn’t recommend removing a tree stump in this way.

Once again, please feel free to give me a call on (07971) 648879 and I would be very pleased to give you an instant quote over the phone for the removal of your unwanted tree stumps.


  1. Neil
    February 16, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

    Hi, could you please give me a price for grinding a conifer stump. It was cut down in July, it’s approximately 45cm in diameter and it’s been partly hacked at by me unsuccessfully. Our post code is CM3 5GS.

    Thank you.


    • Roy Bretton
      February 17, 2019 @ 9:11 am

      Hello Neil,

      Thank you for your enquiry Neil, I have just sent you an email, you may need to check your spam folder as sometimes my emails seem to go to people’s spam folder! Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have, either by email or you can telephone me on (07971) 648879.

      Thanking you.



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