02 Jan 2020

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.

27 Nov 2019

Top Poisonous Trees To Avoid

Trees can be Mother Nature’s most lethal weapons. They may be disguised with ordinary leaves and branches, yet armed with deadly poison. Learn about the most dangerous ones by checking out the five top poisonous trees to avoid.

1. The Manchineel Tree

The Manchineel tree has the dubious honor of holding the Guinness World Record for World’s Most Dangerous Tree.

The Manchineel has leaves that are covered in caustic sap so poisonous that the slightest skin contact could cause an eruption of agonizing blisters.

It’s dangerous to even inhale the air around the tree. A single bite of its apple-like fruit may also cause blistering, horrific pain and even death. <i>All</i> parts of the Manchineel are extraordinarily poisonous.

2. Sandbox Tree

The sandbox tree is considered to be one of the world’s most lethal trees. About 130 feet tall and covered with spikes that resemble a Medieval torture device, the sandbox tree’s fruit looks like cute little pumpkins.

However, once they dry into seed capsules, they turn into dangerous grenades. The capsules detonate with a loud bang and shoot the seeds at speeds up to 150 miles per hour and distances of more than 60 feet. This shrapnel can seriously injure anyone in its path.

The sandbox tree also has sap that can trigger a searing rash and can cause blindness.

3. The Suicide Tree

The suicide tree’s highly toxic seed has been used in more suicides than any other plant in the world. The seed, which is often undetected by pathologists and coroners, has also been used in countless murders. Its taste can be easily concealed from victims with sugar or spices.

Indigenous to India and Southeast Asia, the suicide tree contains a substance called <a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1752928X18302762″>cerberin</a>, which is astonishingly toxic at low doses and stops the heart. This is why many cerberin poisonings are often written off as heart attacks.

4. Hemlock Tree

Poison hemlock is notorious for Socrates execution in 399 BC. It was widely used in ancient Greece for murder and suicide.

Every part of the hemlock tree is poisonous. Hemlock’s toxins are so powerful that people have died after eating game birds that ingested the seeds. Hemlock’s leaves have a distinctive musty smell.

Hemlock’s stems are smooth and spotted with red and purple, and their leaves resemble fern fronds. Its clusters of small, white flowers are deceptively beautiful.

5. Gympie Gympie Tree

The Gympie Gympie tree’s cute name belies its ability to inflict excruciating pain via tiny stinging hairs. Entomologist and ecologist, <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/marina-hurley-5537″>Marina Hurley</a>, of the University of New South Wales, described its sting as feeling like “being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time.”

Some people have committed suicide because the pain was unbearable. The plant is so vicious that the <a href=”https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36606510″>Chemical Defense Establishment at Porton Down</a> was allegedly studying it for use as a military weapon.

The pain from a gympie gympie tree may reoccur for months or years after being stung.

Plants sustain all of the earth’s life forms. They are beautiful and wonderful creations. However, if you’re a tree-hugger, you might just want to reconsider. Or reach out to our qualified Portland tree service experts

01 Nov 2019

Types of Pine Trees You Should Know

Pine trees are widespread across the U.S. where many types are natives. But the U.S is by no means the only country where pine trees are available in quantity and in a wide variety of types. Pine trees are conifers.

Asia is home to some pine trees, such as the Chir, Pinus roxburghii, pine. Austria claims the Black pine, Pinus nigra as one of its most important trees. A pine tree is an evergreen conifer and is labeled in the genus Pinus.


The pine family is called Pinaceae. Pinus is the only genus in the subfamily of Pinoideae. World-wide plant lists compiled by Missouri Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens, currently list 126 verified names of pines in addition to 35 unresolved species.

Pine trees are widespread ornamental landscape specimens. Many were and are used for lumber. The Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus, is among the most common and well-known. It originates in the U.S. The White Pine is a rapid grower with a long life-span.

Other Pines Found Around the World

Aleppo Pinus, Halepensis pine, Found throughout the Mediterranean area, naturalized as an ornamental in California and southern Australia. Twisted, poor quality wood exists today due to over-forestation.

Lodgepole Pine, Pinus contorta, grows near North American oceans and in forests on dry mountains. It may also grow in bogs.

Mugo Pine, Pinus mugo, is a cousin to the white pine, a miniaturized version that often has a rounded shape. There are several varieties, often they are creeping shrubs.

Bristlecone pine, Pinus aristata A long-lived species, including Pinus longaeva, among the most long-lasting forms of life on the planet. Some of the species are older than 5000 years.

Monterey pine, Pinus radiata, native to the West coast of the U.S. with a thick trunk and branches, it reaches heights of 80 to 100 feet. It is best suited to warmer locations.

Sugar Pine, Pinus lambertiana, the tallest and most spreading of the pines, with the longest cones of all the pines. Also native to Ca.

Coulter Pine, Pinus coulteri, A California native, growing more to the south, but growing as far north as the San Francisco bay.

Single leaf Pinyon Pine, Pinus monophyla. This type extends from Eastern and Southern California to Idaho and Utah. The only pine that bears a single needle in each fascicle.

Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, Bark turns from black to yellow with age. A large, unbroken swath of the trees rung from California, through Arizona to New Mexico. Widely distributed species
Canary Island Pine Pinus canariensis, Large, durable and sturdy, this pine has a parasol-like canopy. Valuable, aromatic lumber from this pine. Doesn’t grow in cold areas. A native of Spain. Call our expert tree service company to check what pine tree you have.