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Removing old lemon tree stump to make way for new one?

Removing old lemon tree stump to make way for new one?

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Old 09-09-15, 11:57 AM
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Removing old lemon tree stump to make way for new one?

We had a lemon tree that grew wonderfully and made tons of lemons for about 20 years. Over the past year we went through a rat problem and the rats chewed off all of the bark around the trunk as well as eating all of the rinds on all the lemons. This ended up killing the tree. I cut the dead tree down at the stump and it's been sitting for over 6 months now and is completely dried out but not decomposing. We've gotten rid of all the pests and I want to plant a new lemon tree in the same spot, but I don't know how to remove/work around the trunk/roots that remain. Again it's about a 2 1/2 - 3" diameter trunk.

I should add that picking a new spot is unfortunately not an option- the old tree grew out a sidewalk sized exposed square of dirt..

Any tips or tricks for handling this?

Thanks!!
 
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Old 09-09-15, 12:00 PM
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Grind it out or dig around and cut all the roots until you can push it over and remove it.
 
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Old 09-09-15, 12:17 PM
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A stump grinder works best. Check both rental prices and having it done as the cost savings might not justify diy. Digging and chopping also works. There are chemicals you can buy where you drill holes and insert the chemical so it will speed up decomposition [I've not used them] Some will drill holes, pour in gas or kerosene and burn it out.
 
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Old 09-09-15, 12:46 PM
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Burning it out is always the most fun
 
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Old 09-09-15, 06:56 PM
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Tie a rope or chain around it....attach to a vehicle...and move forward...slowly.
 
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Old 09-10-15, 03:17 AM
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Care must be used when trying to pull out a stump! Besides the risk of damaging something along the way it's also possible to damage your vehicle I bent the bumper on my truck pulling one stump that had more root than I realized Going slow and having an extra set of eyes is good advice
 
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Old 09-11-15, 05:28 AM
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I heard some home depot stores rents stump grinders for $140 a day..Anybody ever use one?I got about 20 stumps I need to remove too.Most are small
 
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