How to Kill a Stump With Copper

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Kill tree stumps with copper.
Kill tree stumps with copper. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

A stump can be a large problem in the yard of any homeowner. After you have cut down your tree, a small or large stump may remain. This stump can be a nuisance and can even be dangerous if there are small children around. The best thing to do is to kill the stump so it can be removed. One way to kill the stump is to use copper.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Nails

Line up a long copper nail at the base of the tree stump beginning on either side. Hold the middle of the nail with your non-dominant hand and hammer down firmly on the head of the nail until it is halfway in.

Remove your non-dominant hand from the area and hammer the nail the rest of the way into the stump until the head of the nail is flush with the stump. Move down the stump a few inches and repeat the exact same process for the second nail.

Install the remaining nails in the same manner all the way around the stump until you reach the beginning. Inspect the nails and verify they are flush with the tree stump. Let the stump sit for a few days and check back looking for deterioration.

Add more nails to the stump wherever you can fit them in if the stump has not begun to deteriorate and wait a few more days before checking again. The stump should have started to deteriorate by this time.

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