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    Maple tree stump removal-HOW??

    I used the 140 with backhoe to get between a 1 and 5 foot radius around the main tree stump. Tree was too close to the well, the propane tank, the shop drain exit, and the leantoo part of the shop building. The roots were everywhere and sprouting trees up where it couldn't easily be mowed. Previous owners didn't do anything about the extra growth. So this past winter I cut the tree down and now am attempting to remove the rest of the stump so it doesn't attempt to keep growing.

    One-how to I get the dang thing out? I have a B John Deere with 45 loader on it and it only wiggles it a couple inches. It is wet clay with standing water 1 foot below the surface. The roots were shallow less then 2 feet up to where I was digging. I did dig the circle around it down through the roots with the help of a sawzal and axe.

    If I can't pull/dig the stump out do I just flush cut with a chainsaw and bury over or will the thing keep coming back to life growing more trees/roots? Is there something I can do to prevent it from growing? It is about 8 feet from my well which is about 40 feet deep so poison isn't an option really.

    I haven't investigated yet but I am pretty sure it is the reason my drain for the shop doesn't work (water sits in the catch pan for the drain for many hours before emptying. Seems like it fills the pipe a good ways before getting to that point but then doesn't drain down so it is toward the end of the pipe it got plugged. Not the actual end though since I could see it open to the world-mostly.
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    Go rent a stump grinder for the day.
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    I'm assuming that the stump was cut close to the ground? If there is a few feet there, I would wrap a chain around the top and pull it over with a pickup or larger tractor.

    If you decide to cut it off flush/below ground level, dump a bunch of lye over the top of it. That will to do things; 1) it will help to quickly decay the stump/tap root, and 2) keep the soil from becoming so acidic that nothing grows over it. Over the next few years, you will probably have to add dirt to the area as a depression will be created by the rooting stump.
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    I'm not sure I would pull that stump out by brute force. With the possibility the roots are around or in the drain line and/or well you might be better off using a stump grinder or letting it rot in place. You can paint the cut top with Roundup if the cut is fresh. If you use lye, or fertilizer to help the rotting process take a large spade bit and drill holes in the top of the stump to hold the material and moisture. If it sprouts again, cut the sprouts and treat those spots. If you don't let the sprouts develop leaves, the stump will deplete stored energy and die.

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    I have several stumps to deal with this year, some of them maple as well. I plan on just grinding them below the surface the best I can and let nature take it's course on the remains.
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    Half stick of dynamite & a blasting cap into a 1 inch hole in the center.

    Either stump grind or chemical decay by Lye & cover with topsoil. Too close & too big to pull based on your description. I would not risk pulling it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog View Post
    Half stick of dynamite & a blasting cap into a 1 inch hole in the center.

    Either stump grind or chemical decay by Lye & cover with topsoil. Too close & too big to pull based on your description. I would not risk pulling it up.
    The dynamite would work well. . . Might be a problem with collateral damage particularly with the the propane tank but fun to watch!

    On second thought, maybe not a good idea. Maddog's second option might be better.

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    Lately I've just cut stumps about a foot above ground level and left them as part of the landscape. I've literally spent way more hours and energy than I could afford in the past and now would rent a grinder if I wanted one out completely. Just me maybe . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlin View Post
    Lately I've just cut stumps about a foot above ground level and left them as part of the landscape. I've literally spent way more hours and energy than I could afford in the past and now would rent a grinder if I wanted one out completely. Just me maybe . . . .
    I do the same. Way back when it was sort of fun, not anymore.
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    I bought some stump killer stuff last week. Have to put it on with a paint brush. Lye? Does it really work and where would I buy it? Haven't heard of doing this before.
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