How To Get Rid of Tree Roots

By Subodh / December 21, 2010

There is something really special about seeing a nicely laid out garden complete with healthy trees. The unfortunate part is that as pretty as they are now there will come a time when you will have to get rid of it. It is no use just getting rid of the trunk and branches on the surface, but you must consider the roots underneath. Old tree roots can cause countless problems to the rest of your garden as well as your house so it is important to get to know how to get rid of them properly.

Getting rid of the stump

The stump is the first step in the process of getting rid of the roots. The easiest and cheapest way to get rid of it is to burn it. You just have to do so in a controlled manner so that you don’t set your entire garden alight. Also ensure that there are no restrictions in your area that would make this illegal. Don’t leave the fire unattended and make sure it has completely burnt out. You can also create a trench around the stump in a bid to dig it up. If you are still having no luck then you should call in the professionals to help you.

Spike it

Sometimes you may not want to get rid of the whole tree but just the roots that can cause damage. The problem with removing the roots in the wrong way can cause more harm to the rest of the tree. When the time comes to remove the roots you can use a spike. This involves driving a spike through the root into the ground. Depending on how big the tree is you should work out how far away the safe distance is to start removing roots. Using spikes instead of larger implements will result in clean cuts of the root rather than chipping away and causing damage.

Using a backhoe

A backhoe is one of the more appropriate instruments to be using to remove roots. For the really small trees and bushes that are less than 5 inches in diameter you can just comb the ground with the teeth of the backhoe. For medium sized trees you can use the backhoe in order to push and pull so the trunk loosens. Once you have done this you can just drag it up. For the bigger trees get rid of some of the trunk and use it as leverage.