In theory this sounds like a good idea, but it's not as simple as it might
sound. The larger of the two stumps--even with all of the tree trunk cut
off--is roughly a cube 6' on each side. The hole next to the stump is the
same diameter but only about 1 foot deep. (I'm guessing that since the tree
went down when the soil was saturated with water there was something akin to
a small mudslide that filled in the hole.) Given that this soil is mostly
clay, I don't see anyway short of using a backhoe digging a hole of that
I have come to the conclusion that no method of removal will be easy (or
Some folks have mentioned using homeowner's insurance to cover the cost of
removal. We're already contacted our insurance company. Since almost every
home in this area has some damage, we figure whether we make a claim or not
our rates are going to be affected. Unfortunately, insurance only covers
trees that have fallen on the house, and so since these trees did not hit
the house, that is not covered.
Bad idea. Even if the main colony of termites doesn't attack his
house from where they are, the next swarm could put 10 colonies along
his stem wall, three inside and five at his neighbor's house. The
entire neighborhood will be panicked when they see termite alates
(queens and kings) on their windowsills both inside (some will get
lucky and fly in) and outside... and guess who they're going to blame
Dig up the root balls. Get what you can of the roots. Chop them up
with an axe (being sure not to hit any pvc pipe underground) and throw
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