Blown Over Tree Stumps

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by LouisianaZJ, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. LouisianaZJ

    LouisianaZJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    What is the best way to remove a tree stump that had been blown over by a hurricane. when it fell over it took a 10' diameter circle of roots and topsoil over with it, sticking up about 4' at the highest. the hole is 2' at the deepest. half the roots are still in the ground
    it was a 20yr oak tree
  2. BravesFan

    BravesFan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Stick a Vermeer sc252 stump grinder on it and grind the entire rootball up. It's easiest to start on one side of the rootball and grind towards the wood part of the stump. As you're going, pull back every couple minutes and rake the soil back into the hole.

    I must have done 500+ rootballs when Isabell blew through Va. in 2003. Make sure you charge enough...$150 for a small rootball...$300+ for the large ones. Grinding the soil up works the grinders teeth over. I was getting about 35 hours on each set of teeth before replacement. Average size rootballs,18 inches wood diameter...6-8 ft. rootball width, take from 15 to 45 minutes to grind depending on type of wood.

    The rootball you described sounds like a $200-$250 job. You should be in and out in less than an hour. Be sure to use a chainsaw and cut as much wood as you can off the stump.


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