How To Get Rid Of And Remove Tree Stumps With Epsom Salt

While tree removal is sometimes necessary, being stuck with the stump is not. There are several ways to get rid of it – some costly, others harmful to the surrounding soil. If you prefer to remove the stump yourself, you can use the alternative method of using Epsom Salt.

Epsom salt is an inorganic chemical containing sulfur, magnesium, and oxygen. Sulfur and magnesium can provide much-needed nutrients to the soil. At the same time, Epsom salt eliminates moisture, which is what you need to remove a stump naturally.
Once a tree is cut down, the stump will continue to live and regenerate if it gets the nutrients it needs. Most nutrients are carried through the roots by moisture. Without moisture, the stump will begin to rot and decompose. This, in turn, will make it easy to break off parts of the stump until you can pull the remainder of the stump out of the ground. When the stump has decomposed enough to dig it up, try to remove as much of the roots as possible.

There are a couple of different ways to use epsom salt to kill a tree stump.

Method 1

Drill 1-inch holes approximately 3 inches apart into the surface of the stump. Try to drill down 8 inches if possible. Next, pour dry Epsom Salt into each hole, then add just enough water to moisten the salt. You will also want to pour Epsom Salt around the base of the stump and any exposed roots. Cover with a tarp or other waterproof cover to prevent weather from washing the salt away. Check the stump periodically and remove any dead chips of wood. Reapply Epsom Salt as needed until the stump is dead.

Method 2

Mix a concentrated solution of Epsom Salt and water in a large, five-gallon container. The proper ratio is two parts water to one part Epsom Salt. Next, pour the solution on the stump, the base of the stump, and any exposed roots. It’s a good idea to pour the solution on the surrounding soil also. Cover with a tarp or other waterproof cover. This method may take longer and require treatment weekly until the stump rots.
With both methods, you may want to keep uncovering the roots with a hoe and pouring Epsom Salt in a thick layer directly on the roots to keep moisture from feeding the stump. Once the stump is dead, you will be able to pull it from the ground or dig it up, depending on the size of the stump.

All that’s needed now is to refill the hole and replant with grass or other foliage. The soil should be nutrient-rich due to the application of the Epsom salt. Looking for more Stump Removal Services contact us today.