Stump-Removal Trick

Here's a quick way to take out a tree stump. First, leave 6 feet of trunk standing to act as a lever. Next, use a reciprocating saw with a 9- or 12-inch pruning blade to make two vertical cuts around the trunk, one 4 to 6 inches out from the trunk and the other a foot out from the first. Now, dig a trench between these cuts, pull the trunk over at a 45-degree angle, and saw through as many roots as you can. Finally, pull the trunk over in the opposite direction, cut the remaining roots, and yank the stump out of the ground. With this method, I can remove tree stumps as big as 14 inches in diameter in about half an hour.

John Nakos, Rio Rancho, NM
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