Ash Tree Stump

I have an ash tree stump at the top of my garden and I'm wondering how to get rid of it as I want to plant something else in the area.

I've tried pulling the leaves off about 10 times but they just keep coming back.

Ive bashed it and exposed the roots

Does anyone have any other ideas or anything that has worked for them to get rid of it?

Many Thanks, Matt



  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

     Hello, If you want the  stump completely gone you will have to dig it and prize it out.

    I am no expert on this but there is obviously some life left in the Ash tree stump if leaves keep coming back. How deep you will have to deep depends on how big and mature the Ash was.


  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I've lived in this house for 18 years now and never remember a tree being where it is. I've heard they are pretty hard to kill :/

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    You can get someone in with a stump-grinder. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,691

    How big is it?  What's the circumferance of the trunk about 18 inches from the surface of the surrounding soil?

    If it's a relatively young sapling (and you say that you've not noticed it there before so it can't be that big) it shouldn't be too difficult to dig it out properly.  Bashing it won't do any good - just dig a circle all around it to about two spade depths then work inwards (still at two spades' depth), eventually you'll get to the centre  and you should be able to dig underneath it, sawing through any large roots.  

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Here are some pics. I measured it 24inches in diameter around the stump. Do you think I could dig that out, its in such an awkward place image

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Mmmm- that is in a really awkard place to get at itimage I would probably still have a go at digging it out where you can get the spade in. Very likely that a lot of the roots will under the slab though. Can you saw through the stump? So at least it's lower to the ground?

    Sorry can't be of more help

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,691

    I wouldn't saw the stump off as it'll give you something to hold on to for a bit of leverage -  Yes, I've no idea how young, strong and fit you are, but I'm nearing retirement age and I'd give it a go if I wasn't off work with a slipped disc at the momentimage, but I did that cleaning the windows - not gardening - I've spent the last 12 months digging out roots in this new garden with no ill effects.  I'm just designed for gardening, not housework! 

    Go on, give it a go and post us some pics - inspire us all with new levels of Olympian digging - we need something to cheer this week image

    When you get down a couple of spades' depths you can saw any roots off, they shouldn't re-shoot from that far down.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Well being in my mid 20s and fit as a fiddle I guess I'll give digging it out a go at the weekend! I'll take some pics as I'm progressing too

  • eddie3eddie3 Posts: 49

    Drill numerous deep holes in the stump, fill holes with creosote or Round up. Sit back and have a cup of tea.

  • biff227biff227 Posts: 18

    I had the same issue - eddie 3 is correct  Drill a few holes in it pour some creoste in it, - I have heard that diesel also works though it kills everything and you won't be able to plant there for a while - I have not tried, just what I was told.

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