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Removing stump close to fence corner

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by codaamok, 23 May 2020.

  1. codaamok

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    This morning I started digging around the stump to find as many roots as possible. I was going to find all the roots I could, cut them and have a go at ripping the stump out.

    Then I realised maybe when the roots wither it'll cause movement and damage to the fencing.

    I bounced the idea with some family members and they're talking about a tree grinder, which sounds like it'll do a lot of the back breaking work for me. Although I'll have to clear out all the stones I think.

    But I wanted to discuss the possibility of damage/movement after removing. Its position is in the corner of our garden and very close to the fence. What are your thoughts?
     

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    A grinder is OTT for that
    You basically just have to start digging. If you use a small spade, trowel and crowbar, you'll get there.
    I had an awkward one where a tree had grown into buried rubble and had to resort to nightly blasts with a pressure washer after picking out roots and bricks. Once I had spent an hour removing stuff freed by the water, I pressure washed soil away and left it 24 hours til the next day's extraction

    I wouldn't resort to water until you've removed as much as you can around the trunk.
    DO NOT saw away at the trunk, you need it for leverage.
    A mattock is ideal for this, and maybe a pruning saw
     
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    unless you have a plan for that corner, you could just try and cut the stump off just below the surface and cover it. It will rot away over time and I seriously doubt it will affect the fence, with it being a corner post I doubt is doing much work, even if you cut the post off at the bottom I doubt the fence would fall over.

    I would probably try and dig it out, I doubt the roots will be that extensive on it, you need something to slice through the roots, I have a sharpened spade blade taht its into a heavy metal bar that is wonderful for jobs like that
     
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    Nice one thanks for the insight Tigercubrider. I do have a mattock and pruning saw. Both so far have proven effective.

    Yeah that's a decent idea. Definitely umming and ahh-ing on that one.
     
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    that is effectively what I have, sharpened up spade jammed into a heavy bit of pipe, just the job for slicing through roots
    stumpcutter_4683.JPG it will cut through inch and a half roots in a few goes, still got to get the axe out for bigger bits

    roots_5644.JPG
     
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    Thats the tool you need or even an old axe which has the blade inline with the shaft If you use a mattock which has the blade at right angle to the shaft the chances are the edge will hit part of the stump deflecting it into the fence
     
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    I find mattocks are a struggle to put to good use
     
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    That is a beast of a tool! lovely.
     
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