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Offline Michael Kellough

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Tree stump root removal, biological means
« 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.

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Offline PaulH99

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Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
« Reply #1 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.
-Paul
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Offline Svar

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Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
« Reply #2 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?
« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 01:08 PM by Svar »

Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2017, 01:15 PM »
Cover with nitrogen fertilizer (or manure), then heavy black plastic, then mulch.

Offline PaulH99

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Re: Tree stump root removal, biological means
« Reply #4 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?
-Paul
CT 26 • DF 500 • ETS 125 • KS 120 • OF 1400 • PS 420 • RO 125 • TS 55 R