How to Remove a Sapling Tree

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A sapling tree is one that is more than just a start, but not a fully mature tree yet. Saplings won't pull out of the ground easily by hand, but they don't require all the work that removing a mature tree does. You can utilize tools and skills to make removing a sapling tree easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand saw
  • Round-tip shovel
  • Work gloves
  • Pick ax
  • Yard rake
  • Cut the trunk of the tree with a handsaw or the ax part of the pick ax, leaving a stump about 18 inches high.

  • Shovel a trench around the base of the tree, approximately 1 foot from the trunk. This should expose the roots of the sapling.

  • Chop through the exposed roots with the ax. Use the pick to dig under the stump, lifting it and separating the roots from the soil.

  • Turn the pick ax sideways and hammer the flat side against the stump to further loosen it. Alternate Steps 4 and 5 until the sapling stump and roots come out easily.

  • Rake the area after you remove the tree to redistribute the soil and pull out any small roots that remain.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you wear work boots, you can also kick the stump to loosen it.
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