I’ve seen many people struggle trying to remove dead tree stumps in their yard.
In order to successfully and safely remove tree stumps, you have to have the right tools.
If you are removing an entire tree, make sure don’t cut it so far down that you don’t have any trunk to use as leverage.
Clear away the vegetation around the tree and dig a trench around the base of the tree, not too close to the major roots, but a little farther around the tree where the roots start getting smaller. When you get to the roots, you will need a heavy duty square point nursery spade and a digger tamper bar (those are both Amazon affiliate links) some of us call it a spud bar. The spud bar is used to slice the roots. You should take the time to sharpen these tools to make the job easier. The weight of the spade and the spud bar as well as their sharp edges will make the job easier and faster.
After you’ve chopped all the roots you can access, use the trunk of the tree as leverage to move it around to see if and where any roots are still attached.
Remember, the secret is to dig out, away from the stump.
Don’t start digging in close to the base of the tree where the roots are thicker and heavier, work farther out where the roots are thinner and easier to deal with.
Dig around the tree at an angle.
Let your tools do most of the work!
Watch me and Duston make easy work out of this tree.