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STUMPS and how to get rid of them

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ChacunaSonGout Sat 20-Sep-08 20:29:12

We have today sawed down a sycamore that was 10 foot tall and right under a corner of our house AND removed a hideous lilac tree

BUT we are left with stumps which always seem to start growing again IME

How can i make sure the trees are actually dead ( esp sycamore as literally growing against the house)

Our garden is literally littered in stumps of trees from a bygone age..is there any way i can get rid without 'stump busters' ie make them ROT away??

expatinscotland Sat 20-Sep-08 20:30:39

i've not had this problem, but when the massive oak tree in my parents' front garden died from a tree virus, the tree surgeon had to get rid of the stump. the roots were massive.

ChacunaSonGout Sat 20-Sep-08 20:45:39

hmm i cannot afford to get a specialist out but thanks for advice

CuppaTeaJanice Sat 20-Sep-08 20:48:33

Drill a hole in the stump and fill with salt or copper objects. (Not sure if it works, may be an old wives tale!smile).

ChacunaSonGout Sat 20-Sep-08 20:53:11

i wish it would work on my zillion foot tall scots pine that the council will not let me touch!

Pan Sat 20-Sep-08 20:58:14

Depends how organic you want to be. You can get some poison crystals from B&Q and spread them on the top. The poison seeps down into the trunk and roots and kills it all. Mercilessly.

Califrau Sat 20-Sep-08 20:59:55

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missingtheaction Sat 20-Sep-08 21:01:24

Like pan says - it's the only real option or they will both be springing up again in a matter of weeks. but it does take ages. or you can rent a stump grinder from a rental place and grind them down to under ground level.

best is to dig them out if you can. if not the whole thing then dig roudn them and get as much out as you can, then use weedkiller on the sprouts as soon as they start popping up

good luck

NorbertDentressangle Sat 20-Sep-08 21:02:27

Believe it or not you can hire something called a "stump grinder" .

DP said its a mean piece of machinery but does the job.

The stump does have to be close to the ground though.

Try your local Hire shop or places like Travis Perkins

NorbertDentressangle Sat 20-Sep-08 21:06:49

This is the stump grinder details from Travis Perkins for example

NorbertDentressangle Sat 20-Sep-08 21:07:36

sorry, bad grammar blush

ChacunaSonGout Sat 20-Sep-08 21:09:47

i am impressed norbert! thankyou!

SazzlesA Sat 20-Sep-08 21:15:14

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