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stump grinding

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by vball2116, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. vball2116

    vball2116 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Hey everyone,

    This is my first post and I have a question. Im 16 and doing a landscaping project in the backyard of my house. I have a decent amount of stumps from trees that I have cut down. The biggest stump is about 9 inches in diameter. I really dont think I can rent a stump grinder from a rental store. Is there any other way to get these stumps out of the ground or grind them down somehow. I have tried getting a few out and I did get a few out, but not all of them want to come out. I will appreciate any tips or tricks that you may have for me.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  2. Wolfie's L&L

    Wolfie's L&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    Welcome to the site, Jeff!

    The easiest way to get the stumps out would be of course a stump grinder. Is there a reason why you cant get one? Most rental stores carry them for a fairly cheap price. Other ways would be to inject glysophate (sp?) into them and they will rot away eventually.

    Jason
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Jeff

    Are the stumps cut all the way to the ground??? If so you are in Coal Country and can cut both ends out of a # 10 can to make a controlled burner. Start the coal with self lighting charcoal then add the coal. You really don't want a Flame. Keep adding coal until the stump has burned far enough into the ground. This may take several days.

    Next time you take out a tree you may want to leave about 4 to 5 feet of trunk to hook on to. Pulling the trunk over with a truck or tractor while using an axe on the larger roots.
     
  4. vball2116

    vball2116 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Hey, today i did get one of the many stumps out buy digging a trench around it and I eventually got it out in an hour. lol It turns out i was using the wrong shovel and it wasn't sharp enough. Thanks for the info though.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Jeff

    I should of told you about a "Pony Shovel" It is designed for digging out trees with roots. Much heavier than a regular shovel with a straighter handle and round point.
     
  6. vball2116

    vball2116 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Thanks for the info, but i wont be doing any outside work for a few days because of the ice and snow comming. Thanks
    Jeff
     
  7. indmowing

    indmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    are you allowed to burn the bugger out
     
  8. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    He's under 18 and can't enter a contract so they probably wouldn't rent him one or authorize him using one. If these are just at your house can you get a local tree guy to grind them for you?
     
  9. DALMlawn&landscaping

    DALMlawn&landscaping LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 186

    get a half inch wood bit, and a large drill, and drill untill it can't drill, and then fill it with diesel and light the sucker, and then watch it burn slowly, it's great, other wise, use a shovel.
     
  10. Wolfie's L&L

    Wolfie's L&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    Couldn't he have an parent/adult over 18 to sign for him?

    Jason
     

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