• In this video, landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses how to remove a tree stump.


    1 Use shovel to dig out any rocks from around the tree stump.
    2 Start up the stump grinder and drive it close to the stump.
    3 Raise the grinder's cutting wheel slightly above the stump.
    4 Drive grinder forward a few inches, then lower its spinning cutting wheel into stump.
    5 Using the machine's controls, swing cutting wheel from side to side, slowly nibbling away at stump.
    6 Lower the cutting wheel a couple inches, and grind away some more of the stump.
    7 Repeat this procedure until the grinder has removed the stump 6 inches below grade.
    8 Raise the cutting wheel, advance the grinder forward a few inches, then lower the spinning wheel into the stump.
    9 Continue to grind down the stump, and then advance forward until the entire stump has been removed to a depth of 6 inches.
    10 Rake up all the wood chips.
    11 Fill the stump hole with screened topsoil.
    12 Spread grass seed over the topsoil.
    13 Lightly rake the seed into the soil and water.
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    • Difficulty: Moderate
      You'll work up a sweat wrestling with the grinder, but that's much easier than digging out the stump with a shovel
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      Tools List

      • pointed shovel
        Shovel, used to remove rocks from around stump
      • stump grinder
        Gas-powered stump grinder, rents for about $75 per half day
      • hand rake
        Rake, used to work grass seed into topsoil

      Shopping List

      1. Screened topsoil

      2. Grass seed

      to be planted in topsoil after stump is removed

      3. Garden hose or watering can

      used to water grass seed