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How do I remove tree roots?

How do i remove the tree roots from a tree we have recently had chopped down?

Answered by TrustATrader

Dead and dying trees are an aesthetic eyesore and they can become quite frail and dangerous, as well. The job of removing the stump and roots can vary depending on the size and age of the tree (and its roots). 2  options include:


The use of herbicide is recommended for those who don’t want a physically demanding method of removing roots, but also do not mind waiting for the effects of the method to take place. The use of herbicide is quite easy. For the removal of roots, you will want to employ the use of a strong herbicide, such as one that contains either triclopyr or glyphosate. These formulas will quickly instigate wood rot. Before applying the herbicide, make sure you take safety precautions, as these compounds should not be inhaled or directly touched. Make sure that you wear a face mask in order to ensure you do not inhale them, and gloves so that your skin does not directly touch them. Several weeks after application, most of the roots will be rotted, and you will be able to dig them up with little effort.

Using A Winch

A winch is another relatively easy method for getting rid of a tree stump, and highly effective, as well. Getting rid of the stump with the use of a winch will also uproot most of the roots. Before cutting down the majority of the tree, make sure that you leave yourself between three and four feet of the tree standing so you are able to tie a chain around the tree which can be easily secured. Dig a small trench around what is left standing of the tree that expands four feet outward from the tree itself. While you are doing so, hack at the roots that you see and find with an axe. This will make the process of pulling out the stump easier. Attach the other end of the chain to the winch. Activate the wench and the stump and roots should easily come out of the ground.

Depending on the size of the tree, and your experience in using necessary tools, it might be worth hiring a local tree surgeon if you don't feel confident doing it yourself.