How Does Epsom Salt Work On Tree Stumps?
Believe it or not, cutting it down is often the easy part when it comes to removing trees from your property. The real challenge comes when it’s time to remove the tree stump, which may remain alive even after you’ve cut the tree down. This can be a long and difficult process but if you don’t do it then you may discover that the tree stump is doing damage to your property and creating safety hazards to the residents of your home.
There are several ways that you can go about removing tree stumps from your property. For starters you can hire a tree service professional for the stump removal. We typically use a stump grinder, which is a heavy duty instrument weighing around 1,000 pounds, and we grind the stump down into the ground. Sometimes, we can remove the stump using other methods, like a shovel, chainsaw, or digging bar. Of course, there are those DIY-ers out there who attempt to remove stumps with fire or by chaining it to a pickup truck and wrenching it out, but our methods are safer.
Now, in rare circumstances, we may use Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt is a way of chemically removing a tree stump. And, the fact is, you probably already have some of this type of salt in your home. It’s a common household remedy for a variety of problems. You might have used it when preparing a bath to soak in when soothing sore muscles, or – believe it or not – even as a laxative. It can however also be used to remove unwanted tree stumps.
What Is Epsom Salt?
Epsom Salt is the common name for Magnesium Sulfate, an inorganic salt that contains the elements sulfur, oxygen and magnesium. It has many uses around the home, including in gardening. Its sulfur content can be very helpful in providing nutrition to soil, which can often be deficient in this particular mineral. Its magnesium content can have the same effect in magnesium deficient soil, and so it can help to improve the growth of plants.
Epsom Salt also has the effect of drawing moisture out of everything that it comes in contact with. Care must be used when gardening with it, because too much of it can kill the plants you are trying to help grow. However, when you’re trying to remove a tree stump, this quality in Epsom Salt is exactly what you’re looking for.
Epsom Salt will draw moisture out of the soil, robbing the stump of resources. It will also remove moisture from the stump, drying it and causing it to rot. This is particularly useful if you are trying to remove a stump quickly.
Using Epsom Salt To Remove A Tree Stump
There are several ways you can go about using Epsom Salt to remove a tree stump. For the first one, you will need a drill bit in addition to some dry Epsom Salt. You will want to drill holes all around the stump, leaving a few inches between each one. After you have done this, carefully pour the dry Epsom Salt into each hole. Then very slowly add water to each of the holes to moisten the salt. Do not completely saturate the salt that fills the holes, simply moisten them. Then cover the stump with a tarp so that rainwater cannot get inside the holes and wash the Epsom Salt out. Over time, this will draw the moisture out of the stump, causing it to rot more quickly and preventing it from reshooting.
The other option is to mix a solution inside of a large, five-gallon bucket. You will need a high concentration of salt for this solution to be effective. It’s best to use two gallons of water to one gallon of Epsom Salt. Once you have mixed the solution together, all you have to do is pour it all over the stump, as well as on the roots and around the nearby soil. Then cover the stump with a tarp and repeat this process about once a week. Eventually, the solution will dry out the stump and cause it to rot faster.
As the stump decomposes, chip off parts of it as they become dried. Gradually, the stump will become smaller and smaller and eventually you should be able to pull what remains of it out of the ground. Make sure you get as much of the root system out as possible when removing the stump, and you will finally have removed that stump from your property.
After you have successfully used Epsom Salt to remove the stump from your property, you will need to dispose of the stump properly as well. It’s not necessarily something your city will pick up along with the other waste in your yard, so make sure that you’ve done your research on how to dispose of the remains of your stump properly. Oftentimes, local recycling centers will accept them.
Of course, if you hire a professional tree service provider to remove the stump, we’ll haul the remains of the tree off to be disposed of for you.
The last step is to repurpose the space where the stump once was. Fill the hole you have left with topsoil and spread grass seed over it. Soon enough, with regular watering, grass will grow in the area and you will be able to put your area to whatever use you would like!
This is a long, drawn out process but it does get the job done. If you want it done quickly and efficiently however, then contact Mr. Tree and we can get the stump (and its roots) removed quickly!