I took down some saplings last year (about 2-3" diameter) that were on
a relatively steep hill in our front yard.
Is there any simple/cheap way to speed their decomposition?
It probably doesn't pay to rent a shredder plus it would be difficult
to manouvre it in the hilly area.
I had heard in the past of chemicals that are drilled into the trunk.
I'm looking for something readily available that is faster than
I used to be able to buy jars of powdered saltpeter in drugstores.
We used to hear that they mixed it with food in prisons to curtail the
inmates libidos, but that story may be rot.
As kids, we used to make "fuses" by soaking thick string in a
concentrated saltpeter and water solution and then letting it dry out.
If you pour powdered saltpeter into bored holes in the stump and let the
rain soak it into the stump wood, repeating that a few times over
several months, you'll turn the wood into a very easily combusted material.
If you then pour a bit of charcoal lighter on the stump and set it
afire, the stump wood will burn it's way right into the ground.
A garden hose and reasonable caution should always be on hand when you
start the burning.
I had a hack berry tree (soft wood) with about a 14" base and multiple
stumps from that. I built a flower box over it out of untreated 2x pine.
We fed the flowers a lot of rapid grow and by the time the flower box rotted
the stumps were also. Estimated 4 years.
All you need is a high nitrogen fertilizer. Try to buy to ammonium nitrate
(pure nitrogen) might be a problem these days if you aren't a farmer. The
super green lawn products are about the same content at 29-0-10.
Keep it moist and it will rot faster.
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2-3" in diameter? Really- *inches*? 5 minutes with a hand axe
should release the roots and you toss them in the trash. I keep
an axe for just such jobs. I quick-sharpen it on a grinder and
don't worry about chipping it on rocks.
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