Tree stumps can not only be an eyesore, but they can also be an environmental issue for your house as various creatures can live there. You could end up with mold, insect infestations, and other animal infestations that can be dangerous to yourself and other friendlier animals living in your yard. Fortunately, there are some eco-friendly ways to get rid of the stump.
Sometimes Rot Is Good
One effective way of making sure that you get rid of your tree stumps in a way that's eco-friendly is to help the tree rot naturally. This can take longer, so it's definitely not ideal if you need the stump gone as soon as possible. The way you do this is by encouraging the growth of fungus in the tree.
First, you get a drill and drill several holes into the tree stump. It's often effective to use a spade bit for this part of it. Next, you can go to the store and get some fertilizer that has a lot of nitrogen in it. You can then pour the fertilizer into the holes and add in water until the holes are filled up. After that, you put damp soil over the whole thing and keep it that way.
Alternatively, you can use Epson or rock salt to help with the process. Either way, the holes should be around 12 inches deep, and you should drill one every 4 inches. It also helps to drill into the side of the stump at a 45-degree angle.
Additionally, you can use a tree grinder in order to grind the stump up into mulch. It's important to wear protective equipment while grinding, including a mask and goggles. This will make sure you don't get hit with sawdust or any bits of wood in your face. You can usually rent rotary cutters from home improvement stores. If this type of machinery isn't your thing, you can also get someone with landscaping experience to do it as well.
This way you can end up with a useful end product without needing to use chemicals in order to get it done. Also, the stump goes away, and you still didn't harm your lawn or the environment.
Another effective strategy is digging out the stump directly. This can take more effort, but it will get the job done much faster than it'd be done otherwise. This is going to involve digging under the stump, cutting out the roots, pulling them up, and then mulching it.
Stump chemicals can be dangerous over the course of several weeks, so any natural alternative you can take is only going to be a benefit. This will service both you and the environment.
For more information, contact a company like Corner Landscaping & Tree Service.