How much more difficult is it going to be to dig up the stump & roots of a tree that has been cut down to 1 inch above the ground ?

I have heard that leaving a 4 foot trunk is best, but what if have already cut the tree down to 1 inch above the surface of the ground. I want to dig it out, and use a pick axe and shove and a rope and 4x4 truck after chopping most of the roots, but just generally HOW MUCH MORE TIME IS IT GOING TO TAKE NOW? WHY? BTW, THERE ARE 2 STUMPS ABOUT A FOOT WIDE EACH. AND THEY ARE FROM A BRADFORD PEAR TREE. HOW DEEP DO THEIR TAP ROOTS GO TOO, IF KNOW? ALSO, IS A CHAIN OR ROPE BETTER TO PULL THEM OUT? WHY? AND HOW WOULD I GET THE ROPE OR CHAIN AROUND THE STUMP?


a good fast job is to get in a stump grinder thye can grind the sturmp right down into the ground at least 6" depending on the tree , if it has a tap root, doing it yourself to get it out with the jeep will mean a hole aroun 10ft round and 5ft deep to get enough soil removed to puill out the tap root


Hire a stump grinder. The time you save will more than pay for the cost and you won’t have to worry about your chain whipping back and taking out a window or an eye.

Spock (rhp)

this job always takes all day ... and certainly longer than you think it should. i speed it up by digging and then taking a chain saw to the now exposed roots -- that it also shoots a bit of dirt around doesn't really matter.


Digging out a stump that is cut off at the ground line is about is in the league of the hardest dumbest work there is since it is traditionally done in the worst of weather. Rent a stump grinder and grind out the stump next Spring. Now if you have a tractor with a front end loader, try to dig down so that you can get a chain under a root and try to break the root with the loader and some cutting. Like a chain saw. If you break enough roots, you should be able to get the chain around enough of the trunk to pull it out. Only Russians would dig a tree stump out by hand.


About as difficult as sucking a tiny penls