I did this a couple years ago. 20 foot Evergreen. Cut the upper as
you did which will leave a two or three foot trunk. Get an ax and
start to cut through all of the horizontal/diagonal main roots. Soak
the soil so that you can start to rock the truck. As you rock the
trunk you can dig and expose more roots to cut.
The hardest part will be getting to the last few roots under the
trunk. Keep whacking at the un seeable roots under the trunk until you
can rock/twist the trunk away.
That's not a tree. That's a bush.
Unless you rent a stump grinder, or have it professionally ground,
there is no "easy" way to get it out. Either cut it off even with the
ground and wait for it to rot, or get out the shovel and do it the
What I found worked the best for cutting roots is a "Go-Devil," a
splitting maul, used to split firewood. They look like a sledge hammer
with an axe edge on one side. One swing was generally enough to cleave
the root off at the stump, and a second shot trimmed the root back
enough to get in there with the shovel and continue digging.
It's not easy. Don't use the circular saw.
I really hesitate to suggest this. A chain, a pickup truck, and a
lot of common sense can either pull the whole thing or, at least,
provide enough tension to make digging and axe work more
productive. Without the common sense your results may differ.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
To make it easier, go to the branch line and start
digging around the tree. If the tree does up uproot
immediately which it only does on really small trees,
cut the exposed roots behind the tree, back up, and
give it a jerk.
A slow pull, cut some expsosed root behind the tree,
and give it a jerk has always worked for me.
Before you do it, make sure you have a place to dump
the tree and make sure you have dirt to fill the hole.
make certain there are no water sprinkler power phone cable etc
underground lines in area..........
if you opt to try and pull stump.
a guy did that around here and caused a mess.
managed to pull some underground utilty lines and his neighbors
sprinkler line. neighbor wasnt home.
he made the evening news:)
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