Big oak down

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by brettmc, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. brettmc

    brettmc Banned
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    We live on 3 acres beside a 15-acre lake. We have large oak trees all over the property. Katrina blew over one of the shoreline oaks right towards the house, missing it by 6 feet. I've about got the tree cut up. I'm now wondering what to do with the root ball. It's disk-shaped with imbedded clay about 14-16 feet long and about 10-12 feet high. It's farkin HUGE!! How in the heck do I get rid of this monster?

    Brett

    EDIT: The trunk of this tree is about 36" in diameter at the base.
     
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Excavator or bulldozer are about the only realistic options.....
     
  3. brettmc

    brettmc Banned
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    I was afraid of that...

    If I go this route, what do I do with the dayum thing after I've freed it?
     
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
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    Find a spot on your 3 acres to hide it, or have it hauled away..............I'd find a place to hide it.
     
  5. 66galaxie

    66galaxie LawnSite Member
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    What are you gonna make with all that nice oak? Or will it be used to smoke some Q?
     
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    More than likely a full size skid steer with forks can load it onto a truck and haul it away.

    Once you pick it up, shake it with the skid loader to shake the soil off.
     
  7. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
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    how about a picture of the root ball, size is a big factor here. On the extremely large end a skid steer wouldn't do this, but it is very possible if it's not too big.
     
  8. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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    NO NO call in a stump grinder with operator,we often grind up fallen trees/root balls
     
  9. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you could get a pressure washer to it you could wash out all the mud and stones then cut it up some more...i'd go with the stumpgrinder ...talk to these guys ,www.arboristsite.com i beleive there are some guys from this site working in the Katrina zone
     
  10. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
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    Ditto's !!
    :)
     

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