Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Results: Using Epsom Salts to Stop Stumps from Growing
When I'd originally posted the tutorial on How to stop stumps from growing back, organically!, I'd made a promise - to come back to talk about how the process went and show the results. Well, here it is!
The epsom salt method has been a complete success. I'm pleased to report that my "mother" orange tree is doing better than ever this year, and that the secondary tree that had been growing near the original stump is now just a hollow memory.
During the first few weeks, the salts dissolved rather quickly. I checked in on my stumps weekly and refilled the holes with fresh epsom salts. Before long, the salts were lasting longer between refills and the stump was slowing its growth. In all, I probably refilled the salts around 5 times throughout the initial months. There were a few small shoots that tried to grow off the stump early on, which I simply broke off. By around month 4 it was clear that the stump was conquered.
Now that a full year has passed, the stump is entirely dead and beginning to decompose. The drill holes in its surface are a nice reminder of the battle that has been won - organically - with the stump.
I love that this method uses only Epsom Salts so is non-toxic, is effective, and takes just minutes of maintenance during the early weeks.