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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Home Improvement & Other Projects => Topic started by: Michael Kellough on November 17, 2017, 11:18 AM

Title: Tree stump root removal, biological means
Post by: Michael Kellough on November 17, 2017, 11:18 AM
I want to speed up the decay of a freshly cut tree stump. Any suggestions?

This is between two walls and the mechanical means of removing the wood have been exhausted.
Title: Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
Post by: PaulH99 on November 17, 2017, 12:28 PM
Drill a bunch of large holes in the stump, pour in rock salt, then some water. Keep adding salt and water and it will eventually rot out.
Title: Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
Post by: Svar on November 17, 2017, 12:50 PM
Drill a bunch of large holes in the stump, pour in rock salt, then some water. Keep adding salt and water and it will eventually rot out.
Drilling holes should help, but wouldn't high salinity suppress bio activity?

I was going to suggest bringing in termites, but you might not like the side effects.  [big grin]

Look up compost additives/accelerators, typically nitrogen and microorganisms. Keep it moist. Are there wooden structures nearby that can be affected?
Title: Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
Post by: Dogberryjr on November 17, 2017, 01:15 PM
Cover with nitrogen fertilizer (or manure), then heavy black plastic, then mulch.
Title: Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
Post by: PaulH99 on November 17, 2017, 04:43 PM
Here's one explanation of why salt works: http://www.mrtreeservices.com/blog/how-does-epsom-salt-work-on-tree-stumps/

Drilling holes should help, but wouldn't high salinity suppress bio activity?