Monroe, GA, residents are certainly familiar with our share of dangerous weather and the damage that ensues after a storm. Trees, in particular, seem to suffer the most from these extreme weather conditions and when that happens, more often than not a tree has to be removed. What’s left is that ugly tree stump and the need for tree stump removal and tree service in Monroe. Luckily, we have a number of landscape companies in Monroe that can assist you, or you can do it yourself. But even if the stump is cut off as low as possible, it will still be an annoyance in your yard for any number of reasons. So if you’re looking to do it yourself, here’s a few things to keep in mind and some solutions to remove the stump.

Bring Out the Shovel and Axe

This is by far the simplest method for removing a stump and that is to put your back and shovel into it and dig it out. You’ll also need some type of axe to cut the roots while you’re at it as well. Of course, this can be a bit harmful to your health, given how intense the labor will be. You might consider getting a friend or two to help and spread the pain, but, regardless, you would be wise to have the ibuprofen and heat wrap ready at the end of the day.

Holes, Holes, and More Holes

Another, less labor-intensive method to remove the stump is to drill holes into it. Once done, you can fill the holes with any assortment of enzymes or remedies found on the Internet that will speed up the rotting process. Though this process doesn’t require back-breaking work, it could take quite a while before the stump completely rots and while it’s doing that, it will attract all sorts of insects, which eventually can find their way into your home. The upside is that the insects will also assist in the rotting of the stump.

Wait, Wait, and Wait Some More

You can let nature take its course and allow the stump to rot over the years, and it will take years, depending on the size of the stump. In the interim, you have to live with it, but if it’s not in a conspicuous space or buried among other standing trees, this might be an option.

Grind Away

Most large hardware stores rent what is called a stump grinder, which is good to use if your stump isn’t particularly large—say a few inches or less in size.  These store-rented grinders work by grinding the wood into small chips but typically don’t have enough power to remove the larger stumps. There’s also the issue of safety. Any stump grinder will have some kickback and can be dangerous if not used properly. 

What You Shouldn’t Use

Dynamite may seem like an attractive option, but your insurance probably won’t cover you if you blow up your house. A chainsaw may seem like a logical choice, but it’s not. Don’t even consider it.

Play It Smart

In the end, and considering the affordability of hiring a service to do the work here in Monroe, it makes a lot of sense to simply have a professional tackle the job. They have the equipment and, unlike you, they’ve done it many times before!