Chaenomeles won't budge

I have a chaenomeles against a wall, which has long been past its best and I need the space for raspberries.  It has been cut down to the ground, but all efforts to dig/chop/lever the stump out have failed, due to the stony ground and proximity to the wall.  Can I just leave it to rot and plant round it, or will it throw up new shoots forever more?  And if not, any advice on how to get it out?!



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,257

    If you drill holes down into the stump, and use SBK stump killer, that should help clear it.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Cut round the stump at a distance of about 12 - 18 inches, severing the roots.  Obtain a crowbar or similar and use it to lever the stump up.  Hot work!

  • FJM2FJM2 Posts: 4

    I'm a bit wary of using stump killer, as I need to plant the raspberries there ASAP.  I think I shall have to get some of the chaps to help...

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Try using a pruning saw, you can push it into the soil

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Before planting your raspberries, you should also remove the stony ground and replace it with proper humus. Your raspberries won't be happy there otherwise.

  • FJM2FJM2 Posts: 4

    It's a few large rocks, a couple of feet down, rather than very stony all over - I planted the shrub when I first moved in 25 years ago, so  the area immediately around it is not as well dug as the reast of the patch, but it has all had regular doses of compost and manure, and is in good heart.  I shall have a go at the roots with saw and loppers!

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,406

    Pick axe, iron bar, large secateurs, we have just removed 28 very large conifer s, they will come out with a little effort, the stump killer will only stop it growing, not remove the stump.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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