Best Method to Remove that Old Stump
Anywhere from 5 to 7 years after a tree has been removed and the stump “ground”, St Augustine grass will decline and often die where the tree was located. The reason: The tree roots have turned into a spongy material that St Augustine grass will not grow on or in. The solution is to rent a backhoe and remove the old stump and replace with good soil.
Recently, I was thumbing through the latest issue of Popular Science and found an interesting article on stump removal.
But Wait, I Found Another Solution
I was thumbing through my latest issue of Popular Science Magazines when I stumbled upon a better method to remove old stumps. You convert the stump into a type of slow burning gunpowder. The fact that there is little oxygen in the soil to allow roots to burn is overcome with a few chemicals available at the Home Depot.
I suspect you could use this on old or new stumps. The burning process should eliminate the woody parts and after a few months of healing in should be a great place to grow St Augustine grass.
Here is the article in Popular Science: Gray Matter: Fire in the Hole - Chemicals can turn any tree stump into virtual gunpowder
ILoveTurf.com - July 20th, 2011
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