Back in 2009 we had two trees removed from the front of our house. Ever since then, we have been walking around one of the stumps to get to where we park the car. In early 2012, I decided to dig that stump out. I would work on it off and on as the mood struck me. As the hole grew larger, it became much more exciting to walk to the car in the dark as you had to avoid the pits and dirt piles. What can I say? I like to keep things interesting with half finished projects.
Needless to say, my stump digging plans came to an abrupt end. Lee finally got tired of the shallow pit mine in our front yard and declared war on the stump. It took less than a week, working an hour each evening. He iterated between digging, chopping roots with a Pulanski, chainsawing for a few minutes until the blade dulled, sharpening the chainsaw, and angrily pounding the stump with an maul. The stump slowly came out in 5 large sections.
We are going to let the other stump by the house rot out. It doesn’t bother us and digging out stumps is madness. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We’ve had lots of people tell us about stump grinders. Yes, stump grinders are a thing, but they don’t completely remove the stump and we didn’t want the walk path planned for this space to settle as the wood under it rotted.