Landscaping: How to Remove Tree Roots From the Surface of the Ground


When you have a tree or a tree stump in your yard that you would like to remove, part of this process is knowing how to remove the tree roots from the surface of the ground as well. Getting rid of the tree roots from the surface will help include the overall appearance and quality of your landscaping and make room for other trees, shrubs and plants to grow full and healthy on your property.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Axe
  • Grub hoe with axe head
  • Thick work gloves
  • Use a shovel to dig through the surface of the ground to get to the tree roots. It might take some strength and hard work to expose all the roots.

  • Cut into the roots to separate them into sections. Use an axe or a grub hoe that has an axe head to cut. You might want to try both to see which works better.

  • Lift the roots up with the grub hoe after you have cut them.

  • Grip the roots with your hands, wearing thick work gloves, and pull. The roots should come up. If they don't you may need to dig deeper or make more cuts in the roots before they can be removed from the surface of the ground.

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