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Old 04-14-2011, 06:38 AM
 
Location: MN
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I have... well had two totally overgrown Arborvitae's that I just cut down as there was no repair to them since the bushes seemed to never be maintained by the previous owner.

I was looking for your guys advice on the best way to remove the stumps. I have three theories and have the tools available to me-

1. Stump Grinder- I am going to be renting one for a few stumps I need to grind out anyway.

2. Truck & Tow Strap- This I never hear good things about

3. Shovel and Pick Axe- Dig underneath it and pick it away.

The one thing I am worried about as I think the phone line runs underneath this area (or close to it) so stump grinding may be a little interesting. I have a service call into Gopher to come out and mark the utility lines in the area.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I'm thinking that the stumps might not be very hard to pull out, since arborvitea aren't that big. I know my DH would try this first, since the "more power" option would always trump the digging option.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: MN
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Even if these said bushes became as big as about 12 feet tall? Trying to find a good pic to post up. I read somewhere that the roots aren't that deep, but seriously these trees were hideous. LOL I really wish the previous owners maintained stuff better.

It would be kind of fun to rip them out w/ the truck though.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Dig around them, use loppers on the smaller roots and an ax or maddox for the larger ones. BTW...if you can get a clear path, the truck & stump method can work fine, but generally isn't necessary for Arborvitae. Actually...hehe...I prefer the truck and the wench! Works fabulously!
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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#3. Dig and dig around them, sever the large roots with a lopper, and dig some more.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Even if these said bushes became as big as about 12 feet tall? Trying to find a good pic to post up. I read somewhere that the roots aren't that deep, but seriously these trees were hideous. LOL I really wish the previous owners maintained stuff better.

It would be kind of fun to rip them out w/ the truck though.
If you've got a wench on your truk, it IS fun. LOL....because you get to watch the stump s-l-o-w-l-y crawl out of the hole. The bad part of hooking the straps or ropes to the back bumper of your truck, is that you don't really get to watch it. I know....doesn't take much to entertain me. LOL
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: MN
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If you've got a wench on your truk, it IS fun. LOL....because you get to watch the stump s-l-o-w-l-y crawl out of the hole. The bad part of hooking the straps or ropes to the back bumper of your truck, is that you don't really get to watch it. I know....doesn't take much to entertain me. LOL
I do have a Jeep Cherokee with front Tow Hooks so I would be able to watch it. I will see what my options are. I called to have the utility lines marked yesterday and they went out and marked, but they must have forgot which way is south as they marked the wrong spot...

Either way, those things are coming out...
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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Wait, you have a stump grinder, and you're asking how to get a stump out? Power tools are always the correct answer.


Seriously, I suppose the best answer depends. Are you going to plant something else or otherwise use the area for something? If not, there's really no need to pull up all the roots so the grinder would easily do the trick. In fact, you could just cut it nearly flush with the ground and be done with it, as it won't sprout from the stump or roots.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: MN
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We will be planting something else there, that's why i am thinking digging/yanking them out..

I agree on power tools, not very green, but always way cooler.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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We will be planting something else there, that's why i am thinking digging/yanking them out..

I agree on power tools, not very green, but always way cooler.
If possible, I prefer removing as much stump and root material as I can. It's a nightmare later on, when you're trying to do something with the area, and constantly run into tree stumps and roots. Ugh. Obviously, you're not going to get the all, but the large one, usually.
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