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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-26-2009 04:54 PM 1305 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After several aborted attempts to manually dig out the stumps that came from the trees that Hurricane Ike blew over from the Bayou behind the house and through my fence, I finally found something that people I actually know have used with repeatable success…

The product is called Bonide 272 Stump Out, and the instructions for application are actually quite straight forward.

Step #1. Drill a 1” diameter hole 12” straight down into the stump. (1 hole for each 6” stump diameter, mine was 16” so I did 3 holes to be safe).
Step #2. Drill an intersecting 1” hole at approximately 45 degrees to the first hole.
Step #3. Fill the hole that is straight down with the product.
Step #4. Wait 4 to 6 weeks for results. Okay so not speedy, but it is supposed to work and get rid of troublesome stumps.

What they didn’t bother to mention is that these stumps aren’t exactly dead. I had to spend some quality time with a pruner PRIOR to the process lopping off regrowth.

So now that the trees are back at stumps, we pull out the drill, auger bits, and extension. Use a tape to measure the distance from the end of the auger bit, 12” and put a tape flag so we know when to stop…

Attempt #1. Attempt to drill 1” hole directly into green stump. Can you guess what happened? Can you say got less than a full turn in and bound up?

Attempt #2. Much better, Using 1/2” bit I was able to drill as far as to the coupler on the extension, which apparently is just under 5/8” diameter… So the 5/8” bit comes out, and the hole is bored to 12”, the process is simply bump with the auger, pull back to clear the hole, bump again, pull back repeat…

Did I mention it is HOT and HUMID in Coastal Texas in August?

Soooo… back to the drilling, I worked my way up, 1/8” at a time, for each hole… This made the holes much easier to clean out, and faster drilling, although the bit did get bound up in the bore, and from the smell of things I might just need a new drill after all this abuse (I am NOT nice to my power drills…)

After drilling the 5 holes required for the 2 stumps in 95 degree F 70% RH weather, I went back into the house, with a drill nearly smoking, and soaked head to toe, literally with sweat… NOW I remember why I kept putting this project off…

I have some old fence posts left up from before the storm that are coming down, and some final brush debris removal that still need to get done, ( I REALLY would prefer to pull my truck back through the Bayou to get to the back of the fence line, but don’t want to run afoul of the gentlemen in the blue suits… ) You see the City never removed the debris from the city side of the fence line, so I have to do it, and I am SICK of looking at it…

I have a bush next to the A/C unit, as well as a Crepe Myrtle tree that is smack in the middle of where I want to put my shed next year that just needs to go. I have plenty of Stump Out, and the chainsaw is tuned up, sharpened and ready to go…

As soon as the stumps are gone, and the holes are back filled and compacted, I will FINALLY be able to auger the holes for the new fence posts, and put up my new fence and gate. I think my lovely bride will be happy to see this project finished. I know I will. The material is hogging up more than half of my workshop space!

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 07:02 PM

im glad i have been in my bedroom where it is nice and cool as i read this…...glad you are meeting up with sucsess and im also glad its you and not me doing this….sweat in my eyes and being soaked with sweat are my least favorite thing to do…..good luck with the rest…...

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#2 posted 08-26-2009 07:28 PM

Ahhh…good ol heat and humidity…that was one of the reasons I left Louisianna…tried Houston…arrg…then moved to CA…now I just get the heat….105 degrees today…but dry heat…

Was sad to see the damage from Ike….love the coastal parts of TX and LA…Galveston was a favorite place to head too for some coastal fun….glad to hear you are getting dug out and cleaned up….My dad in Houston lost a fence and some windows on the sun room due to Ike….luckily no trees of any size came down…just a bunch of brush…good luck finishing up the clean up….

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#3 posted 08-26-2009 08:50 PM

I would think that a spade bit would drill the stump much quicker through green wood than an auger bit.

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#4 posted 08-26-2009 11:29 PM

I kept breaking spade bits… Not that I tired or anything :-)...

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 02:12 AM

I have 30+ trees on my property and have had to cut down 3 in the past year due to hurricane damage from Gustav. Years ago I tried drilling a stump to treat ( poison) it as you have done and had so many frustrations and broken/lost bits (there was one bit I never could get out of the stump after it got stuck in there) that I swore Never Again!!@%* etc. For the 3 stumps left after Gustav last year I bit the bullet and rented a portable stump grinder for $75 and was able to completely grind those three little bastards into sawdust in less than ah hour. It was enough work to first have to cut the trees with my chainsaw into movable pieces so I could carry them to the burn pile. If I am ever unfortunate enough to lose more trees in the future I will definitely rent a stump grinder again…

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 03:55 PM

Yeah, and if I could get a stump grinder back there I would have done that…

My gate is 32” between the side of the house, and the neighbor’s fence post… Every stump grinder I have seen for rent is a minimum of 36” wide…

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