I have a 6' tall evergreen tree i want to remove.
I used a circular saw to cut down the branches.
Right now it is about 2' high & i tried to dig the remaining part out.
I am getting nowhere because the roots look like 2" in diameter & the tree
wont budge when i push on it.
I can't get the saw under to cut the bottom off.
How can i remove it ?
A circular saw is a very bad choice for that application. If that
things kicks back while you're stooped over and it hits your leg and
severs your femoral artery you'll be bleed out and be dead within a
minute or two. It happens and a stupid tree isn't worth that risk.
You'd do better to use a small hatchet or even some long handled
loppers to cut the roots. Keep digging.
The OP sure reeks of spam, but on the chance it is sincere......dig out
enough soil to expose the
roots and cut them with a pruning saw. Pruning saws don't look like
much, but they will cut
through a 2" root pretty quickly. A six foot tree can't have a huge
mass of roots, so a little digging,
a little cutting, will get it.
Happened to a coworker cutting off branches with a circular saw. He
nearly bled to death. Also had a neighbor killed felling a partially
downed tree. Don't think the latter could happen to the op ;)
A circular saw is really not a good idea because of kickback issues.
I have removed the stump and roots of small trees by exposing them and
putting a long pruning blade on the sawzall and using that to cut the
Next time leave more than 2 feet.
The more you leave, the more leverage you get
to rock the thing loose.
Dig out a ring about 3 feet from the trunk.
Go down about a foot.
Cut any roots you find there.
Then remove any dirt from the ball and you should
be able to get the tree and roots out of the hole.
I've done a bunch of bushes and trees of this size
and bigger. It's hard work but doable.
cut level with ground, drill some holes in stump with spade bits, add
rotting stuff if you want.
evergreen stumps dont grow back, and patience is a virtue. mother
nature will remove whats left over time.
its not worth the work digging out the stump
You have already screwed it up, so I'll try to save it from here.
First, you should have left the trunk longer for leverage.
Hook a chain from the top most point of the remaining trunk to a truck
hitch, or a come-along to it and get it in a good bind. Now, dig the roots.
If you have drainage, a power washer helps to blow out the roots, and
identify where to clip them. If you don't have good drainage, I have dug
them out by digging a little, then using a shop vac to get out the dirt.
The thing you want to do is get to the roots that are the main ones. As you
cut them, you will notice the strain being relieved on the chain/come-along
assembly. Retighten and keep looking for the ones that are keeping it in
It will be harder now that you have lost a lot of leverage, but other than
having it professionally dug out, this will work. As you go, you will
notice when you cut one that is restraining it. Then just keep the pressure
on it, or bump it with the truck and chain assembly and it might pop out all
at once. Trick is to dig out the main roots, and you identify them by power
washing around them or vacuuming out the dirt so you can see them.
Be careful! Chains that pop loose, or any rigging that pops loose is like a
Worked for me on many trees. Still a lot of work and a royal PITA.
A 60' pine fell 3 weeks ago. The trunk is over 2' diameter. I cut
the majority of the branches with a bow saw--much safer than using a
chain saw and ladder. In your case, dig around the roots. A pick axe
will help. I can't imagine using a circular saw for this.
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