3 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Tree Stumps and Roots

Rock Salt and Epsom Salt in Tree Stump

Removing a tree can be an expensive process. Here are three natural remedies you can use to get rid of tree stumps in the backyard. These methods may take a while but they may help you avoid paying thousands of dollars in tree stump removal bills.

How to Get Rid of Tree Stumps

Rock Salt and Epsom Salt in Tree Stump

1. Insert Epsom Salt into the Tree Stumps
Drill several holes in the tree stumps using a power drill. These holes should be a quarter of an inch wide. Next, fill the holes with highly concentrated Epsom salt solution. This will speed up the tree stump rotting process. Re-apply the Epsom salt solution every few days until the tree stump starts to rot.

2. Use Rock Salt to Dry Out the Wood
An alternative to Epsom salt is rock salt. Just like method #1, drill a couple of holes in the tree stump then fill the holes with rock salt solution. This method should only be used if you aren’t growing anything within the vicinity of the tree stump.

Epsom Salt Tree Stump

3. Do a Controlled Burn
Make sure you check with local city ordinances to see if it is legal to do a controlled burn. Also, this method should only be used if there’s plenty of open space around the tree stump.

First, drill plenty of deep holes in the tree stumps then fill these holes with combustible materials. Next, use a fire starter to ignite the material. Do not leave the fire unattended. It may take a couple of hours but the tree stump should eventually burn to ash.

If you are in a bit of a hurry to get rid of the tree stump then rent a tree stump grinder from the local home improvement store. You could even use the tree stump grindings as mulch (as long as the tree is not affected by some kind of disease).

Sam at Organic Lesson

is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.