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Old 04-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Ideas for ripping out small stumps and roots?


Any ideas on what might be the easiest way to rip out a bunch of small stumps and roots in my backyard? I'm wondering if a middle buster or something similar pulled behind my tractor might work.
It's a pretty big area that was overgrown with buckthorn. We've ran a brush hog thru and knocked down everything, but now I've got a bunch of stumps and small roots.
Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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Hire a (walking) stump grinder...
or rent one for the day.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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dig out a bit around the root ball and then a tow strap attached to the hitch of a truck will do the trick.
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dig out a bit around the root ball and then a tow strap attached to the hitch of a truck will do the trick.
Or a chain if they are bigger and more firmly in the ground. Keep an eye on nearby sidewalks or patio slabs. Stop if they start to heave when you pull! You may have to dig down and trim some roots going under them.

In case the roots you are pulling might be entwined with utility services, it is not a bad idea to call your local free locator service to mark and flag for you.

You can treat them with a stump killer but it may take a season or two.

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Old 04-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #6
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Any ideas on what might be the easiest way to...
The man asks for the easiest way and y'all jump in with shoveling and picking and digging and chains and tow straps and well I suppose dynamite can slide by...

Caddy, hire someone with one of these (or rent it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_p8E...eature=related
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:16 AM   #7
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Stump grinders can be fun. I guess I assumed the OP has a bunch of little sapling trunks and roots. A stump grinder seems like overkill for something 3-4" in diameter?
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A stump grinder seems like overkill for something 3-4" in diameter?
For just one? No doubt.

I've got an area in my yard of about 90' x 30' that was filled with what the locals here call 'volunteer' trees (more like big nasty weeds the way they grow)... I've cut down a bunch already and even got some shady spot grass to grow but more are coming out all of which leaves me with about 20 2-4" "trunks" and all of their roots.

Guess what I'll be doing in early September?
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I've had to remove quite a few stumps.

I get out my shovel and dig around it; I got down 18 to 24 inches around it. As I dig and hit roots that keep me from digging, I pickup my sawzall and cut them; then I work them out of the ground at least a foot or so away from the hole.

Once I'm down the 18-24 inches around the stump; I start giving it a good push and if it is fairly loose I cut it off there. If it is still really strong, I keep going a bit. Eventually I end up with a big knot of wood coming out of the ground.

Then I refill the hole...
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I get out my shovel and dig around it; I got down 18 to 24 inches around it.
As I dig and hit roots that keep me from digging, I pickup my sawzall and cut them; then I work them out of the ground at least a foot or so away from the hole. Once I'm down the 18-24 inches around the stump; I start giving it a good push and if it is fairly loose I cut it off there. If it is still really strong, I keep going a bit. Eventually I end up with a big knot of wood coming out of the ground. Then I refill the hole...
Cool. btw... which portion of that is the easy part?
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Cool. btw... which portion of that is the easy part?
Well, you can't get a stump grinder in everywhere. Sometimes stumps are near something and you can't get the grinder close.

There is nothing hard about it; just a little work. Get out on Saturday morning with a good shovel and you can be done pretty quick.

In my case; I did have everything removed; but I had 5 stumps (of almost 15) that they couldn't get to with the grinder; so I did the above method...
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Wow, thats a lot stumps. My age is showing I guess as I would rent a mini backhoe for one day and dig those suckers out.
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Thanks for the replies guys.
Yeah, I was thinking about renting a stump grinder for some of the bigger ones. And a digging out and pulling a couple bigger yet.
I was wondering about the smaller stuff, if anyone has used a subsoiler to rip along side the base and pull out the roots and stump. I'm referring to the smaller ones, 2" max. I figure if I pull that along with the 3600 it should tear up most of the roots, but I'm not sure.
Maybe I'll get one, give it a try and report back.
Thanks again
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Yeah, I was thinking about renting a stump grinder for some of the bigger ones. And a digging out and pulling a couple bigger yet.
while you have it there... use it for EVERYTHING
it'll leave the ground nicer than if it was roto-tilled

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