While it’s common knowledge that Epsom salt can be used to relieve sore muscles, you may not know that it can also be used to dissolve tree stumps. If you are struggling to get rid of them in your yard, Epsom salt is an easy and inexpensive way finally eliminate them once and for all.
With a little time and a few tools, you can make it happen with a cheap product that is widely available at drugstores and dollar stores.
Isn’t it nice when we can actually save a couple dollars for a change!
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Here’s a quick look at how to get rid of tree stumps with Epsom salt, as well as an explanation of why it works.
1. Using a one inch spade bit, start by drilling holes 3 to 4 inches apart along the top of the stump. Make sure to bore the holes as deep as you can, but a minimum of 8 inches into the stump’s base. After pouring 100 percent Epsom salt into each hole, add just enough water to make the salt moist.
2. Next, use a hoe to uncover as much of the root structure as possible. To prevent the root’s ability to carry nutrients and moisture to the tree’s base, pour a thick layer of Epsom salt directly on every bit of the exposed roots. That’s it!
3. If you do have a large stump, you will need to reapply the Epsom salt at least every 3 weeks. If you are not certain whether or not the wood is dead, assess its color and texture. Light, soft wood is still alive and needs an additional application, while dark, brittle wood is dead.
When the stump is dead, it will naturally decompose. However, to make the process a little quicker, you can pour a high nitrogen fertilizer around the stump’s base and to the bore holes. I have found in my experience that just using the salt will get rid of it pretty fast, and spending the extra money on nitrogen fertilizer is only for when time for completion is extremely important.
Why it Works
Although a tree may have been cut down or fell on its own, its network of roots will continue to feed it. Instead of rotting, it may grow new shoots. Adding Epsom salt, which is nothing more than magnesium sulfate, will pull moisture out of the tree. This results in its death. As an added bonus, Epsom salt will add magnesium and sulfur to the surrounding soil, which is needed for the production of chlorophyll in plants.
Save yourself the time and pain of trying to dig out a tree stump, as well as the money of hiring someone to do it for you. Using the instructions above, apply Epsom salt and watch what happens.