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#1 matt6150

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Posted Yesterday, 01:33 PM

Trying to figure out the best approach. All of the trees I've cut down, except one, are less than 6". Lots in the 3"-4" range. I've left about 2' sticking out of the ground when I cut them down to aid in pulling them. I've gotten some small ones out with my truck but anything over 3" I can't budge. The ground is like concrete right now. So I could invest in some pulleys and ropes and try to pull them that way with my truck. Rent a tractor to pull them? Or just cut them flush with the ground and rent a stump grinder? The stump grinder is appealing because I can just cut them all flush now and deal with them later. Benefits are I can drive through the area in my truck with minimal effort now. But I've never used a stump grinder so it might be more work involved later. Or if I can figure out how to pull them with a pulley system it would take longer initially but they would be completely out. Plus the cheapest method I would guess. If I rented a tractor that would probably be the easiest as far as pulling but not the cheapest. This whole process is going to take me 1-2 years, probably more if I factor in the driveway from the road I eventually want to put in. I have about 10 I would like to get out now so I can access the shop by truck. I'm just board and thinking about things. Anyone with some thoughts? I haven't pulled many trees.
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Posted Yesterday, 01:40 PM

Most times my dad hired a guy to grind them. $20 per stump. Gone in minutes. Totally worth not renting equipment and straining your transmission.
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#3 Sidney Porter

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Posted Yesterday, 01:42 PM

Stump grinder, but wear good gloves or you will get blisters. It is like wrestling a bear
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Posted Yesterday, 02:13 PM

Stump grinder, hire it out. Your don'have time to mess with it with that new baby.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:19 PM

In the past I've used a product that you drilled a few 1" holes in the stump and poured it in.  I don't remember how long it took but they fell apart before too long.  Maybe 4" stumps and a year.  I don't remember the name of the stuff but I would imagine HD and the other stores have something like it.

 

eta - or pay someone that has a stump grinder like everyone else said


Edited by djinkc, Yesterday, 02:20 PM.

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#6 43hertz

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Posted Yesterday, 02:21 PM

Tordon rtu.

Cut them flush to the ground, then dribble Tordon on the cut edge.
Never bother you again.

https://www.forestry...y-herbicide-dow
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Posted Yesterday, 02:43 PM

Stump grinder, but wear good gloves or you will get blisters. It is like wrestling a bear

Yeah I had a feeling it would be some work.

In the past I've used a product that you drilled a few 1" holes in the stump and poured it in. I don't remember how long it took but they fell apart before too long. Maybe 4" stumps and a year. I don't remember the name of the stuff but I would imagine HD and the other stores have something like it.

eta - or pay someone that has a stump grinder like everyone else said

This may work too for some. I bought some already for on larger stump that is right up against the shop. I didn't want to be pulling on that one when it's right on the foundation.

Tordon rtu.

Cut them flush to the ground, then dribble Tordon on the cut edge.
Never bother you again.

https://www.forestry...y-herbicide-dow

Well I also want to be able to grade this area eventually and plant some grass or gardens.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:46 PM

Dynamite.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:49 PM

Yeah I had a feeling it would be some work.
This may work too for some. I bought some already for on larger stump that is right up against the shop. I didn't want to be pulling on that one when it's right on the foundation.
Well I also want to be able to grade this area eventually and plant some grass or gardens.


It's a systemic. Not at all like roundup. Won't damage anything that it doesn't touch while wet.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:52 PM

It's a systemic. Not at all like roundup. Won't damage anything that it doesn't touch while wet.

What I meant was that stuff is not going to get rid of a stump just kill it. Unless I read it wrong. So if I grade or till the area I will hit a stump.

Edited by matt6150, Yesterday, 02:52 PM.

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Posted Yesterday, 02:54 PM

A better comparison would be that it's not like Ortho Groundclear.
Stump will rot within a year.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:58 PM

A better comparison would be that it's not like Ortho Groundclear.
Stump will rot within a year.

Ok so you are saying it will work just as good or better than the stuff you drill the holes and pour it in?
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Posted Yesterday, 03:13 PM


Yep, dribble it on the fresh cut edge of a growing plant. Plant will suck it clean to the roots. Plant dies and starts to turn to dirt.

In my experience. YMMV.

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Posted Yesterday, 03:15 PM

Probably depends slightly on species.
Kills our swamp willows around our sewage lagoon with a quickness.
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Posted Yesterday, 03:20 PM

Tordon rtu.

Cut them flush to the ground, then dribble Tordon on the cut edge.
Never bother you again.

https://www.forestry...y-herbicide-dow

 

Interesting... I am dealing with the same thing and I was going to buy this:

 

https://www.homedepo...s-272/202022334

 

But maybe the way to go is to use the herbicide first and let that work into the root system then add the Stump out.

 

Thoughts?


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Posted Yesterday, 03:23 PM

How has nobody said Tannerite yet?

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Posted Yesterday, 03:25 PM

How has nobody said Tannerite yet?


I think dynamite was mentioned.
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Posted Yesterday, 03:26 PM

Most of the time you find out how cheap you can get this sort of thing done and then wonder why you ever bothered with it yourself
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Posted Yesterday, 03:29 PM

Interesting... I am dealing with the same thing and I was going to buy this:

https://www.homedepo...s-272/202022334

But maybe the way to go is to use the herbicide first and let that work into the root system then add the Stump out.

Thoughts?


Probably work.
I don't need it super fast, I just don't want the wind blowing a tree over and ripping a chunk out of my lagoon bank. I cut 'em and let them turn to dirt in place.
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Posted Yesterday, 03:39 PM

Probably work.
I don't need it super fast, I just don't want the wind blowing a tree over and ripping a chunk out of my lagoon bank. I cut 'em and let them turn to dirt in place.

 

Thanks... these are three large trees cut low to the ground in our front yard and we want to landscape the area.  Getting rid of the trunks by spring is my goal.


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