Tree stump keeps sprouting – Here’s what to do

Isn’t it annoying when you have put in the time and effort to take a tree down in your garden only for it to start sprouting again? It’s almost like spending the time neatly manicuring your lawn only for weeds to start growing out of it a few days later. The stump of a tree may continue to live even if the tree is no longer there, so here are some things you can do to stop your stump from sprouting:

tree stump is starting to grow back

Tree stump keeps sprouting

The easiest way to prevent your tree stump from sprouting is to remove the stump altogether. Now you can either do this yourself or pay a professional to do this on your behalf. Depending on the size of the stump, you don’t have to spend as much as you think. Let’s have a glance at the options you have when it comes to stopping your stump from sprouting:

  • Stump killers may be used to prevent sprouting (herbicides)
  • Drill holes and apply a commercially available stump killer
  • Use a rapid decay fertilizer
  • Burn the stump
  • Use a professional stump removal expert
tree stump herbicide


Stump killers are designed to kill the tree stump and prevent it from sprouting. There are several different stump killers available on the market, so be sure to read the label carefully before purchasing one. You will need to apply the herbicide to the stump as directed and wait for it to take effect. This could take a few weeks and several applications, so you’ll need to be patient.

The way that most stump killers work is by preventing the tree from being able to produce new growth. The herbicide will spread to the roots of the stump and prevent the tree from being able to access the nutrients it needs to grow. The tree will eventually die and the stump will start to decay.

Drill holes and apply a chemical killer

If you want to speed up the process, you can drill holes into the stump and then apply a commercially available stump killer. This method is used in conjunction with the herbicide method as it will help the poison to spread more quickly.

Be sure to wear gloves and a mask when using this method as the chemicals can be harmful if they come into contact with your skin or are inhaled.

The best time to do this is in late winter or early spring before the tree starts to sprout new growth. It can be difficult to drill through the stump if it is already starting to sprout, so be sure to act as quickly as you can.

drilling your tree stump

Rapid decay fertilizer

A rapid decay fertilizer is an organic way to kill a tree stump. These fertilizers are designed to encourage fungal growth, which will help to speed up the decomposition process. You can apply the fertilizer directly to the stump and then water it in. The stump will start to decay within months and eventually turn into compost.

Before applying your rapid decay fertilizer, you’ll need to cut the tree stump level to the ground and then cover it with soil. This technique has a positive impact on the environment but it will, more often than not, take several months to fully decompose it.

Burn the stump

We have written an extensive article that covers this in detail if you want to give it a read. But, in short, you can burn the stump to kill it and stop it from sprouting.

Essentially, you’ll need to drill in holes using a power drill on the surface, sides and roots of the stump and then apply a generous amount of petrol or any other flammable liquid.

Once you’ve done that, light a match and start the stump-burning process. Keep in mind, however, that this method is potentially dangerous, so be sure to take all the necessary safety precautions. If you live in the UK, we recommend using this method in October as the ground is a little moister underfoot which will prevent the flames from spreading.

tree stump burning

Use a professional stump removal expert

This is the most expensive option, but it’s also the most effective. A stump removal expert will have the necessary tools and experience to remove your tree stump quickly and efficiently.

To remove tree stumps for our customers in the home counties and London, we use a tree stump grinder that essentially chips away at the stump which allows us to remove it completely. This method is quick and effective and we always remove the mess we make after – so there’s no need to be concerned about cleaning up.

If you’re not confident in your ability to remove the stump yourself, we recommend using a professional. As we’ve said, it may cost a little more but it will save you time, effort and stress in the long run.

tree stump removal services in the home counties and london


Removing a tree stump can be difficult, but it’s important to do so if you want to stop the tree from sprouting again. In this article, we’ve outlined five different ways that you can stop a tree stump from sprouting – each with its own benefits.

We recommend using a professional stump removal expert as the most effective and efficient way to remove your stump, but if you’re confident in your ability or want to try a DIY method, you should have enough information to carry this out.

So let’s summarise what you’ve learnt:

  • Stump killers might be utilized to keep roots from providing nutrients to the stump and allowing new growth to flourish ( Herbicides)
  • Drilling holes into the stump and filling them with commercially available stump killers is an effective way to stop the stump from sprouting
  • A rapid decay fertilizer will encourage the growth of organic decomposers (fungi) which will break down the stumps root system
  • Burning the stump is a great way to kill the stump completely
  • A professional tree stump removal specialist will be able to remove the problem altogether
removing a tree stump in the bedfordshire area