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In some cases an alternative to cutting through the entire tree root is to shave the top of the root.
You can just use a stick to draw a line on the ground.
This can be done when roots are lifting walkways or new walkways are being installed. The amount shaved should be kept to a minimum. No more than 1/3rd of the top of the root should be shaved. Make clean cuts when cutting roots. Use sharp loppers or a sharp hand saw. Don’t leave ragged edges on the root ends. Try to cut Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Figure out the right place to cut the root. You shouldn’t just cut the root at random.
A good rule of thumb is to measure the diameter of the trunk of the tree in inches. Multiply that number by eight. Step-by-Step Tree Root Cutting Instructions Before cutting the root, look carefully which one you need to cut down. Do not just randomly remove tree roots which After locating the right place of cutting the root, mark it with a chalk or spray paint. In this way, you can keep the Dig out some Estimated Reading Time: 9 mins.
Aug 21, If the post hole needs to be directly above a large tree root, first dig around the tree root as best you can using a spade. If a spade is too weak to cut through the tree root, the next thing to do is to attempt at axing it out.
I have got through so many tree roots by just using an axe!Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins. Apr 08, Use a sawzall or reciprocating saw same thing. You don't even have to dig, it will cut right thru the dirt and root.
I use this method all the time by laying a 2x6 on the grond and running the saw through the dirt for many feet on both sides with a 12 inch blade.