On the eve of the summer cottage season, each site owner has many ideas for improving the appearance of the garden and new plantings. Often, in order to expand buildings, put up a gazebo, make an English lawn or a stylish landscape composition, you first need to remove unnecessary trees or their remains. And, if everything is pretty obvious with trees, then how to remove the stump? And it's good if there is only one, but what about when you need to remove several large stumps at once before building or large-scale planting? Below we will analyze all the main ways to remove a stump.
If a small tree can be cut down and uprooted on its own, then for total clearing of the site before building a house, you must use special equipment: a tractor, an excavator.
In this case, it is also effective to use a stump grubber - additional equipment for a narrow purpose for an excavator or tractor, or a crushing machine that turns wood into dust. If the trunks have a small diameter, then it is better to cut them not at ground level, but leave them on top of about a meter and remove them using a metal cable and a winch. For such work, you can rent special equipment, but it would be better to attract specialists and use the designer's supervision.
There are several ways that you can remove an unnecessary stump yourself, but first evaluate it realistically their strength and the feasibility of such savings. Some tree species have strong, branched root systems and can subsequently sprout if not completely removed. It is best to manually remove the stump if you plan to plant in this place in the next 1-2 years, especially if you plan to plant root crops, and in this case, the use of chemicals is strictly prohibited.
Before uprooting, the stump is cleaned of the surrounding soil. For this, simple garden tools are used. For greater efficiency, use a hose with a powerful water pressure. A stream of liquid erodes the soil around the roots, exposing them, then the remains of the tree are removed. This method is suitable for small diameter hemp or in combination with other methods to speed up the work. Excessive moisture is not suitable for some types of soil, therefore it is recommended to consult with a dendrologist beforehand. Also, do not limit yourself to manual uprooting if root diseases are found that can be dangerous to other plants.
If planting is not planned in the near future, and the stump is dry enough, then you can resort to burning. In this case, it is necessary to observe safety precautions, make an earthen embankment around the stump to prevent the spread of fire, use personal protective equipment, prepare a fire extinguisher or a hose with a good water pressure in advance. It is also necessary to notify the Ministry of Emergency Situations about the work being carried out, it is advisable to obtain a written permission for burning, so as not to receive a large fine. Removal of stumps by burning is prohibited in peat areas to avoid burning the soil.
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