If you’ve removed a tree or stump from your property, unfortunately the work does not end there. You’ve still got to deal with the beast of tree roots. Taking out tree roots is a big undertaking. Some tree root systems go down below the ground up to 20 feet.
One of the ways that you can remove tree roots is manually. This typically involves either digging them out yourself or using a stump grinder. Manual removal like this is best for smaller tree stump and root areas. Before you grab your shovel, call the utility company that caters your property and make sure that you would not be hitting any water or utility lines. Once you get the all-clear, you can start by digging the dirt loose around the roots and pulling up any loose roots. You’ll then want to dig around the still-intact roots and sever them with your loppers. If you can, try to avoid cutting the root ball. Use the grub hoe to lift out the cut roots and pull out the others by hand as you are able. You can wiggle the stump back and forth to continue loosening roots and removing them. Once you are able to manipulate the root ball, pull it out. You may need to use a root saw if the roots are too thick and strong for loppers.
You can also remove roots with a stump grinder. You will need to cut down the stump as low to the ground as possible and remove any rocks or debris from the area.Once the area is clear, you can begin using the stump grinder according to the instructions for your machine. You’ll dig approximately two to four inches below the surface. Once the roots and stump are prepped, you can treat the area by filling in the hole with wood chips and topsoil. Over time, the root and stump area will just become part of the yard.
Chemical herbicide is another way to treat tree roots (or rock salt, if you prefer a more natural option). You will need to make a fresh cut, then soak the roots and stump with water. This helps evenly distribute the herbicide. You’ll then make a 50/50 solution of the herbicide and water mixed together and put it in your garden sprayer. Spray it all across the stump. The next part is easy – let it sit. You can expect the tree roots to die off in 2 weeks time.
Whether you need to remove tree roots that are obstructing your walking path on the sidewalk, need to remove roots from an old tree stump, or are tired of running over tree roots with your lawn mower every weekend – there is a solution for you. No matter which method you choose for your root removal project, wear the proper safety equipment, and be sure that you know how to operate your machinery. Blindly using power tools is a dangerous game.
As always, if you don’t feel comfortable or equipped to make this project work smoothly and without risk, call in a professional like Dynamic Arborist. Tree root removal is a simple task that we are fully equipped for as a team, and we would be happy to serve you with our arborist services.