Although you may be tempted to leave a tree stump as it is, eventually, it’ll begin to decay, attracting fungi and pests, which can threaten other plants in your garden.
Luckily, the latest selection of stump killers avoids laborious digging and frustration, so removing unwanted tree stumps has never been easier (regardless of their size).
To assist you in selecting a tree stump killer, our handpicked selection lists top-performing solutions, chosen based on our first-hand experience using multiple to kill tree stumps of all sizes. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Tree Stump Killers
As keen gardeners, the team at DIY Works have had to deal with many tree stumps over the years and we’ve done so in multiple ways.
From removing a tree stump with a grinder to using some of our recommendations listed above, we’ve certainly succeeded several times. Although it can be removed by hand, it’s a very tiresome and time-consuming task that you may regret starting. Considering that the tree stump killers listed above can be applied in a matter of minutes, it’s really not worth doing it by hand unless it’s a small stump that can be removed using a mattock.
Below are photos we took while testing two different tree stump killers. As you can see in the first photo, we used the EcoPlug Maxx plugs (favoured by professionals), and we drilled them into a large stump and it appears to be working several months later. The second photo uses a strong solution of Roundup’s stump killer, and as you can see, it has caused the stump to completely rot and it was falling to pieces when we were using a spade to dig it out.
During our ongoing testing of the tree stump killers, we analyse their effectiveness at killing the stump, ease of application, the time it takes to get to work, and their ability to be used on other roots and plants.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest tree stump killers (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved formula, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test where applicable.
As well as our testing and experience using multiple tree stump killers with great success, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the stump killer’s effectiveness, formulation, ease of use, ability to be used on other plants (i.e. Japanese knotweed) and value.