Stumped by trees
We have had several trees die recently and had them cut down. Is there anything we can do to get rid of the stumps besides renting an expensive machine? Is there a chemical that will cause them to rot?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

There are some stump-rotting products on the market, but they don't appreciably accelerate the process. The quickest way to get rid of stumps is to have them ground down with a stump grinder. You can rent the equipment yourself, but it's best to hire a reputable professional tree-care firm to remove the stumps. Their employees will have the know-how to do the job right. Make sure they grind the stumps down at least 6 inches below grade so you can successfully grow grass over the spot. An alternative that is cheaper and will accelerate rotting somewhat is to cover the stumps with a dark tarp and a pile of mulch or soil. Keep it moist. This will be unsightly for a while but will do the job eventually. You could plant some morning glories in the mulch to hide the piles during the summer.

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