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Bernie66



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:33 am    Post subject: old tre stump removal  Reply with quote    

My parents have a huge tree stump left from the felling of a sycamore which was becoming dangerous in their front garden. The stump is still growing and forcing the wall down between themselves and next door and has to be stopped. Digging it out is an impracticality due to its position. What is there out there to kill this stump reasonably efficiently without the use of major chemicals.
I have heard that i can drill holes in it and pour diesel into it, not something that i want to do. I have also heard that if you put copper nails etc into the stump they will react with the sap and kill it.
Any thoughts?

Bugs



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooh ooooh oooh!

Can't you innoculate it with some interesting spawn? I am absolutely certain this is a possibility but can't for the life of me remember where I saw it (prob'ly bin readin' agin Bugs, oughter know my station in loife by now )

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can get stump rotting stuff in garden centres, probably not in the organic section. IIRC its crystals which you use to cover the top of the stump and then tape a plastic bag over the top. No idea what's in it mind.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've heard the copper nail trick, can you dig down a bit and remove the remaining stump? the roots should rot in situ then.

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How about growing mushrooms in it? According to the blurb I got with my pack of mushroom "dowels", if you seed the stump with mushroom spawn, it will eventually do for the stump AND you get a lovely crop of 'shrooms to boot.

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great minds, Bugs

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had to resort to chemicals in the end tried the nails but didn't work

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mushrooms sound great, however will this destroy the stump in a couple of years which is realistically all i have before the wall will become completely unsafe and then the cost will start to get silly.(Its an eight foot double brick which is really starting to bend nicely)

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This link might be useful

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't know is the honest answer. I'll see if I can dig out the information this afternoon - or at least the website of the company I bought it from. It escapes me right now.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our local free sheet has adverts for specialists who 'grind' stumps out. Any size they say. Check your local yellow pages?

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 05 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Decided, mushrooms for a couple of seasons. If they don't rot it down quickly enough or prevent damage becoming too much then i will chop it out, lets hope the mushrooms do their job and provide some food at the same time

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