How To Remove A Tree Stump With Epsom Salt


Have you ever tried stump removal using Epsom salt?

Epsom Salt has many uses besides making baths more relaxing and healthy for your skin and body.

Epsom salt help tomato plants grow better, grow tastier fruit and sweeter tomatoes but also aids in helping roses produce brighter blooms.

It’s a great “growing tool” in the garden used in the compost pile, helping prevent transplant shock, improving chlorophyll production and supplying extra magnesium as a fertilizer.

If you have ever asked the question of “how to kill tree stumps” Epsom salt can help naturally remove tree stumps without the use of toxic chemicals.

stump drilled holes to add epsom salt

stump drilled holes to add epsom salt


In high dosages, Epsom Salt of Magnesium Sulfate can kill weeds and plants so it can also be used to kill a tree stump – which is why it is one of the most popular “natural” options for removing tree stumps, not to mention the cheapest.

For many homeowners, the cost of grinding and removal of tree roots in their yard is too high.

How To Kill A Tree Stump With Epsom Salt

To DIY remove a tree stump with Epsom salt:

Using a 1/2″ drill bit or similar size begin by drilling holes in the stumps starting three inches from the outer edge and working your way inside.

NOTE: It is best if the tree stump is cut as close as possible to ground level. When homeowners attempt tree removal they often leave a bigger stump than when a tree removal service is used.

Ideally, the holes should be eight inches in depth or more than half of the actual length of the tree stump.

Pour Epsom salt into the holes and moisten them slightly using water. Leave this for the night until the Epsom salt is fully absorbed by the trunk. Reapplication might be needed every few weeks or so.

Epsom salt works as a dehydrating agent, traveling to the roots of the tree and sucking out the moisture allowing the tree roots to decompose.

The length of time it takes for the stump to die usually depends on the size of the stump itself.

Some Things to Remember With Epsom Salt Stump Removal

Note that the water is only added to moisten the Epsom salt and speed up the absorption process. However, making it too damp can actually be detrimental since the salt runs off the trunk.

It’s best to do this during the hot season so that the trunk’s roots have no other place to obtain moisture.

If you’re removing stumps during rainy season however, make sure that you:

  • Place a tarp on top of the trunk to cover the holes
  • Place Epsom salt on any exposed root so that it wouldn’t obtain moisture from the soil.

Recommended Reading: 10 Proven Uses for Epsom Salt In The Garden

Why Use Epsom Salt As a Tree Stump Killer?

With so many options for how to remove stumps, why is Epsom salt a preferred solution?

  • Epsom salt use is not physically draining. Beyond having to drill holes into the stump, you don’t have to do anything else that demands physical activity.
  • The use of Epsom salt directly on the stump manages to kill the tree trunk without actually harming the soil.
  • Epsom salt is cheap plus you can use any left over for other needs.

Video: Remove a Tree Stump using Epsom Salt

Video: How To Remove Tree Stump

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