As an inexperienced gardener, it can be quite frustrating to see a tree that you have been nurturing for years slowly wither away. Not only does it take up valuable space in your garden, but it can also pose significant safety hazards if not removed on time.

In this blog post, we'll discuss what to do with a dying tree and provide tips on removing the unsightly stump left behind. Whether you're looking to give your garden a fresh start or just want to ensure your family's and property's safety, read on for expert advice!

If you're not sure whether a tree is dying, there are several things you can look for. First, examine the leaves. If they're discoloured or falling off, the tree may be in trouble. You can also check the bark for cracks or holes. Another sign of a dying tree is if it's leaning to one side. Finally, if the tree isn't growing as much as it used to, it could be a sign that it's nearing the end of its life.‍

If you think a tree might be dying, it's important to get professional help. A certified arborist can assess the situation and determine whether the tree can be saved or needs to be removed.


When a tree is dying, it can be difficult to decide whether to remove it or not. If the tree is in a public area, it may be best to remove it for safety reasons. If the tree is in your yard, you may want to keep it and try to save it. Here are some tips for what to do with a dying tree:‍

  • If the tree is in a public area, call your local city or county office to have it removed.
  • If the tree is in your yard, you can try to save it by watering it and fertilising it. If the tree is beyond saving, you can cut it down yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
  • Once the tree is down, you can either leave the stump or remove it. To remove the stump, you can either dig it out or grind it down.


If your tree is beyond saving, you'll need to remove it. This can be a tricky task, but you can get it done with the right tools and some elbow grease.


  1. First, dig around the stump to expose the roots.
  2. Then, use a saw or an axe to cut through the roots.
  3. Once the roots are severed, you should be able to pull the stump out of the ground.
  4. If the stump is too big or too heavy to budge, you can rent a stump grinder from a hardware store.‍

There is also great youtube video showing how to slow burn a tree stump and its root system using an open ended 44 Gal drum (if you happen to have one of these lying around the house, like i do).

Another great youtube video we saw was removing a large tree stump using a tyre as a fulcrum to lever out the tree stump with almost no effort. This is a high risk method of stump removal lf you take your time and have enough space to get close enough to the stump, it can be very effective.‍

Once the stump is removed, you'll need to deal with the hole left behind. You can fill it in with topsoil and plant grass seed, or you can leave it as is – it's up to you!


  1. If a tree is dying, remove it immediately to prevent it from falling and causing damage.
  2. Consider alternatives such as grinding or chemical removal if a tree stump is too large or difficult to remove.
  3. Hiring a professional tree service company is always an option and may be necessary for larger trees or stumps.


Removing a tree stump and dealing with a dying tree can be difficult tasks, but they are definitely worth the effort. With proper planning, it is possible to successfully remove a tree stump and provide care for a dying tree so that you can keep your green space looking healthy and beautiful.

We hope this article has given you the information that you need to safely remove your own tree stumps or take steps to save an unhealthy one. Good luck!‍