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How to Remove a Shrub Stump

Aug 14, 2015 | Blog, Tips and How Tos

Removing a shrub stump and be laborious and time consuming. At Fire Dawgs, we have definitely helped lots of our customers with hauling away their shrub stumps through our brush removal service. So we decided to make a step-by-step guide to help your with your DIY project. Keep reading to learn how to remove a shrub stump!

How To Remove A Shrub Stump

Tips for How to Remove a Shrub Stump

1.) Gather Your Tools — For removing a shrub stump, you’ll need a rounded shovel (not square) and an ax. Some landscapers suggest other tools, and those are fine. You’ll definitely need the shovel and something else (we use an ax) to chop the roots free from the ground.

2.) Start Digging — Before you dig, it helps if the ground is moist. If the ground seems very dry or too hard to dig- try watering it. Now, start digging the perimeter around the stump. Remove all dirt from around the stump. Dump excess dirt into a wheelbarrow, tarp, or just a pile. After you have been digging for a bit you should start seeing roots. Now, start forcing your shovel into the roots, breaking as many as you can.

3.) Sever the Roots — Continue digging until the roots and the bottom of the shrub stump is exposed. After you have exposed the roots, start severing as many as you with your shovel. It also helps to get your shovel up under the shrub stump and push up the end of the shovel until you start hearing the roots break, and keep pushing until you break as many as you can.

4.) Ax the Roots — After awhile, you will probably need to start chopping the thicker roots with the ax. Chop these roots from the side until the shrub is freed from the ground. Some shrubs have a thick, main taproot that will probably need to be severed with the ax.

And You’re Done!

Removing a shrub stump takes lots of energy and time. For first timers, it could take you anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours to remove a shrub stump. We hope we have throughly explained how to remove a shrub stump if you are wanting a DIY approach. But after your done doing one or more shrub stump removals, you may be too tired to want to bag it up and haul it away yourself. That’s where Fire Dawgs comes in! We can assist you with our landscaping clean up junk removal service! But how does our junk hauling service work exactly?


When you call or schedule an appointment online, we will show up for a free, in-person. After pointing out what needs to go, we will give you a no-obligation quote. If you agree to the price, then we’ll start your service! Following completion of your service, our sweep and clean the areas we were working in, leaving you yard in tip-top shape!

To get a free, in person estimate, give our friendly customer service team a call and they will get you scheduled for you landscaping debris disposal and walk you through any questions or concerns you may have! Dial us at 317-291-DAWG or contact us on our website, and we will reach out to you at your convenience. Text us at pictures or videos 317-597-4744 to get a fast and easy electronic estimate!

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