For anyone who owns a yard, removing a tree stump is a surprisingly common issue. Most people bite the bullet and dial a professional service, hoping the bill doesn’t end up breaking the bank.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though! While calling a pro can seem like the only way to get those pesky stumps out of your precious yard, there is a better (and cheaper) way to do it. It all centers on one helpful and easy DIY method.

Believe it or not, this technique can help you get rid of that pesky stump in the matter of one afternoon! Best of all, you already have all of the supplies in your kitchen…

One of the pros to owning a house with a yard is, usually, the beautiful trees that line the property. Unfortunately, trees are easy targets for devastating weather-related incidents, like lightning strikes, draught, and flooding. Whenever one needs to be removed, most home owners aren’t happy—especially since they’re often left with an unsightly stump sitting idly in the yard.

When that happens, we usually opt to pay a professional to remove the darn thing. Unfortunately, though, those services are often overpriced, and landscapers sometimes use chemicals that can be harmful to the environment.

But did you know that, instead of doling out wads of cash to someone to do the job, there’s an easier way to remove that tree stump yourself? Best of all, you probably already have all the tools you need in your kitchen right now…

To begin, all you’ll need is a drill, vegetable oil, and a bag of charcoal. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll want to select a drill bit that is roughly the size of a quarter. Next comes the fun part!

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For the first step, you’ll drill a series of holes into the entire area of the tree stump. Be sure to drill them as deeply as possible. This will be the most effective method to get the stump out of your yard for good.

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Next, grab your jug of vegetable oil and begin pouring it all over the surface of the stump. You’ll want to be sure to cover the entirety of the stump. From there, take your time and let it soak into the holes overnight. Repeat this step daily for the next three days.

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Once you’re absolutely certain that the wood has become fully saturated, pour on one last dose of oil, and then grab your charcoal. You don’t even need to remove it from the bag! Simply place it on top of the tree stump and light it on fire. You can also use extra sticks as kindling to really get it going.

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Once the stump is ablaze, let it burn until both the fire and charcoal fizzle out naturally. Just be sure to continue monitoring the flame to be sure that it remains contained and the fire doesn’t spread to the rest of your yard. (Paying attention to the wind and removing any flammable objects nearby is a smart idea.) You’ll soon notice the stump begin to char.

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Once the fire is out, let it sit overnight, and then repeat the process once a day over the next few days. In no time, you’ll see that stump begin to naturally shrivel up—and your yard will be back to looking beautiful before you know it.

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Now, go ahead and get back to enjoying your yard! It’s stump-free after all, and this method saved a bunch of cash! Even better, you can use this opportunity to plant a batch of new trees and start all over again!

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That really is an easy—and affordable—way to get rid of a tree stump. Not to mention, it’s environmentally safe. It’s a win-win! Visit Marsh Rat’s YouTube page for more easy DIY ways to remove tree stumps!

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