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Offline brianJ

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Blue spruce roots
« on: October 29, 2017, 05:39:35 am »
Do they have a tap root?   How far do the roots spread out?     Is it feasable to pull out a stump with a farm tractor?   or more accurately what size stump may a 100 hp four wheel drive pull out?

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Re: Blue spruce roots
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 07:48:35 am »
Roots go out about as far as the limbs, and yes there's a tap root.
Do your self a favor (ask how I know  :-\) and push the tree over BEFORE cutting it or leave a good amount for leverage in pushing over the stump.

The first one I cut about 1 foot off the ground and it took me about 2 hours to dig it out with my backhoe.  >:(

Second time I dug for <10 minutes, reached my bucket up hight and pushed it right over. WAY WAY easier.

Good luck.
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Re: Blue spruce roots
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 10:52:53 pm »
yep, dig the ground on at lease two adjoining sides, then push.

I use a 3 foot long ripper tooth on the Excavator. 

since it sounds like you want the roots then how about using a high pressure water hose, maybe a fire hose?  dig a drainage ditch, then water blast the roots.
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Re: Blue spruce roots
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2017, 05:14:38 pm »
Thank You guys.    I got 6 blue Spruce growing in a field the boss just bought and they are in the way.    Cutting them down just leaves stumps in the way so not really helpful.   Sounds like a 4 wheel drive tractor and a well used chain with the Husky can take care of it. 

or thats my plan.