The Complete Guide for Repurposing Tree Stumps That Saves Cost

As a homeowner, what do you do with your downed trees and tree stumps? Take a few moments to think about it… did fire wood or a nice piece of coaster cross your mind?


You bet! That’s what many homeowners do and hands down you can make some real nice smoked meats just by utilizing the resources in your backyard.


This article intends to give you a few more unconventional ideas to repurpose the stumps or unwanted trees.


First and foremost though, let’s address the decision making process when it comes to removing a tree.


Why do you want to remove a tree?


The sound of taking a tree out sounds dreadful doesn’t it? With so much carbon emission pumping into the air, why would anyone want to cut down more trees?


There is a reason for everything. In most cases of needing for tree removal services, it is because some forms of safety is jeopardized.


  1. Tree is too close to power line or houses
  2. Declining tree health that eventually leads to structural damage
  3. Roots penetrating into the piping system of a home
  4. Heavy storm damage that is beyond repair
  5. Crowding concerns of trees, or landscaping project
  6. Infestation problems with insects that could lead to tree death
  7. Dead Tree that posts a tremendous safety concern to any structure beside it


In essence, a tree on your property is an investment. When an investment is impacting you negatively, there is no reason not to get rid of it. You can always plant another tree if you are concerned about the carbon foot print.


However, coming from an arborist, the real reason to remove a tree is to save yourself and your home. As soon as you spot signs of weakening tree health, find a professional to check on it right away.  You wouldn’t wait to repair a dripping roof either would you?


A tree might look fine structurally on the outside, but the inside could be completely hollow if there was an insect infestation. It wouldn’t take much for a hollowed tree to topple over during a storm, which is happening much more frequently all over the world.


When in doubt, an arborist or any experienced tree company will be more than happy to assess your gardening concerns.


What Do I Do After the Tree Is Cut Down?


Many tree companies offer the downed wood pieces to the homeowner if they choose to take possession of them. Some do not want the trouble and rather let the tree companies take care of it.


So what can you do with the stumps other than firewood and coasters? Let the imagination begin:

  1. A beautiful stump planter


Talk about a landmark on the neighborhood. No body can beat you when you spin up something like this. It dazzles the whole front yard, bringing your property value right up there. Economics anyone? This is smart investing and brilliant way to utilize recycled resources.


  1. A Miniature Stump House


Gnomes are so yesterday, no offense. Try this creative garden masterpiece that is for sure going to get the grandchildren excited.


  1. Leave The Tree Alone and Make A Sculpture


Now we are talking a statement, a public piece of art that blends into the landscape and pays respect to the tree that was once here. This is a brilliant idea as you can save on cost of stump removal by picking up this gardening project.




  1. Tower of Statement


When removing a tree we don’t need to take the whole thing down to the base. Leave enough height to create a stunning sculpture that can accent your landscaping idea. I’ll admit this example is a bit powerful, but who wouldn’t love a sculpture of bears climbing a tree, a resting eagle, or even a memory of your dogs?


No Artwork for Me, Just Get the Stump Out


Some homeowners are big on open space and repurposing their lot. In this case, a stump must be completely removed. There are several ways you can go about removing a stump without professional service. However, they are only advised when removing one or two stumps.


When dealing with a number of trees, the hours and tools required for you to do the work is far more expensive than hiring a professional tree removal company.


  1. Burn it down: This is not a favoured option, but one that is the easiest to do. Simple soak your stump with kerosene or other forms of fire starters, light it with a match and enjoy the fiery smolder that will light up your yards for quite some time. The end results is a pitch black hole in the ground.


  1. Chemical Removal: Drill multiple one-inch holes in the stump and apply

potassium nitrate into the holes. Wait a week or two or until the stump has turned spongy in texture. Use the good old axe and chop away the stump.


  1. Mechanical Removal: Using a shovel, dig around the stump to expose the roots in the soil. Using a chainsaw or axe, cut the connecting roots to free the stump. Push the stump to the side if it is free, otherwise continue to find more roots to remove until the stump is free to be moved mechanically.


  1. Machine Removal: The fastest way is renting a stump remover from your local hardware store. Stump removers come in many forms but the basic feature is the same. There is a rotary blade that chops wood into fine chips.


Before driving the stump remover up the stump, use a chainsaw the cut the stump to a reasonable height for the stump remover. This will save you a lot of manual lab our down the road.


There you have it, a complete guide to what you can do for a stump.


Remember, many tree service providers offer free quotes and consultation. Do not hesitate to take advantage of this offer as tree is an important part of your property. Treat as you would to any structures of your home.


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