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 shrub stump removal and brush removal. We are definitely here to help if you need shrub stump removal done by professionals. But, if you want to try the DIY approach first, here are our tips for How to Remove a Shrub Stump. 

Tips for How to Remove a Shrub Stump

1.) Gather Your Tools

How to Remove a Shrub Stump

Tools Needed for Removing a Shrub Stump

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.

How to Remove a Shrub Stump


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. If you need to call in the professionals, Fire Dawgs Junk Removal and Demolition would be happy to help. We offer free estimates at your convenience. Just give us a call at 317-291-DAWG or email us anytime at [email protected]

If you have a lot of brush and landscaping debris to dispose of, check out our smaller dumpsters, great for these types of projects.

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