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Hey,

So I have an elderberry tree in my garden and its going to be casting to much of a shady patch where my veg plot is going to be so today I began to cut it down, It was actually a lot easier than I thought and now im left with just a stump.

This is going to be trickier to remove as it seems quite deep rooted, so after digging around it I found 3 large roots which I exposed and then severed with a hand axe. How long can I expect to wait before it dies off and im able to easily remove it ?

any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,518

    If you've severed the main roots, then I'd just rock it back and forth as much as you can until it's loose enough to pull out - I've never come across a really deeply rooted elder - waiting won't really get you anywhere I'm afraid.  Bite the bullet - it's cheaper than the gym 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • yea ive tried that it wont budge ... perhaps a sledge hammer may move it ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,398

    hire a stump grinder.

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,518

    Then I'm afraid you need to dig down deeper and undercut the stump with your spade ....................... and then get some mates round  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giant_Turnip image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,398

    and they pulled and they pulled. my kids loved that one

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,518

    Mine too - and my Russian DIL often quotes it image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Ooooooooooo Errrrrrr. Don't you know elderberry trees are associated with witches? I hope you said a good luck spell before you cut it down.

    Though on the other hand they are said to attract lightening so you should be OK.

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