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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.

Treee Removed and Stump Removed by Grinding

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

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Authored by Rick Orr

Rick Orr is an Agronomist and Owner/Operator of A Promised Land Lawn Spraying, Inc. A Promised Land Lawn Spraying Inc., is a family owned business serving residential and commercial (large lawn) properties in Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, St Petersburg and all areas of Pinellas County, FL. You can learn more at our Info Page or on Facebook . Follow me on Twitter and Pinterest. To request a a free quote for your St Augustine turf grass lawn, click here-> Request for Proposal<

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