Removing a tree stump doesn't need to involve lots of digging, pulling and cutting. The easiest and safest way to remove a tree stump is to accelerate the natural rotting process of wood using a chemical tree stump remover. Although this method does take some time, it requires the minimum of preparation and very little strenuous activity.

Tree stumps in your garden may be unsightly.

Step 1

Put on protective gloves and goggles. Cut the tree stump about one foot from the ground using a chain saw.

Step 2

Attach a 1-inch spade bit to your drill. Drill holes around the perimeter of the stump approximately 12 inches deep and spaced 3 to 4 inches apart.

Step 3

Drill more holes approximately 4 inches down the side of the stump. Angle these holes at an approximately 45 degree angle downwards to connect with the holes you previously drilled around the perimeter.

Step 4

Pour a chemical tree stump remover into the holes. Chemical tree stump removers are made from powdered potassium nitrate and are available from most hardware stores. Fill the holes with water according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 5

Leave the stump for six weeks or until it is spongy and soft. Don protective gloves and goggles once more and carefully break up the rotten tree stump with an axe.