Thread: No good roots
25th Aug 2005, 02:03 PM #1
No good roots
As mentioned in another thread, I had some problems with removing roots from a shrub. I used the wrong tool and broke my shovel. As I know I'm going to be asked to remove more roots soon, what is an efficient procedure for removing them? Are there some suitable, not too expensive tools to cut the roots in the ground? Any responses welcome.
25th Aug 2005, 02:14 PM #2
Crow bar with one end flat and sharp.
25th Aug 2005, 02:23 PM #3
25th Aug 2005, 03:13 PM #4
what about a mattock? That's what I always use...Some days we are the flies; some days we are the windscreen
25th Aug 2005, 03:16 PM #5
................but if you break the bloody handle off you're on your own, sport!Bodgy
"Is it not enough simply to be able to appreciate the beauty of the garden without it being necessary to believe that there are faeries at the bottom of it? " Douglas Adams
25th Aug 2005, 03:31 PM #6
I used to use a reciprocating saw and it really made the job a lot easier.Regards, Bob Thomas
25th Aug 2005, 03:32 PM #7
Personally I use my little tonka toy for such mundane work.
Makes gardening a breeze.
25th Aug 2005, 05:57 PM #8
Stick of dynamite did the job for me once.
25th Aug 2005, 06:13 PM #9
Thumbs up for the mattock in our house as well!
Grub a bit of dirt, flip it and chop through the roots, easy!The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
25th Aug 2005, 06:49 PM #10
Last time I had to do it I used an axe and an old worn chain in the chain saw.
25th Aug 2005, 09:22 PM #11Originally Posted by ozwinner
"your a sick puppie"
IanSome People are like slinky's,
They serve no purpose at all,
but they put a smile on your face when you throw them down the stairs.
25th Aug 2005, 10:05 PM #12
I endourse the matock but use it with an angle grinder.
Sharpen the matock with the angle grinder as often as needed.
Just be carefull if you sharpen both ends you could put some nice slices in your head or back :eek: wear a stout hat. and boots.
If the roots are fresh & green you should be away. If they are dried iron bark your' in for a fight.
chjeerrsAny thing with sharp teeth eats meat.
Most powertools have sharp teeth.
People are made of meat.
Abrasives can be just as dangerous as a blade.....and 10 times more painfull.
25th Aug 2005, 10:28 PM #13
An old spade welded on to a bit of heavy pipe will root roots in no time. So will a broad mouth crowbar, but the 75mm wide ones are hard to find and the narrow ones tend to jam because the angle on the blade is to great. Other than that go the sharp mattock and look out for your shins if you skid off a root. And Al sure is one sick puppie.
25th Aug 2005, 10:49 PM #14New Member
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Get your sandwedge out and hack away
25th Aug 2005, 10:49 PM #15
If you use a chainsaw you could stuff up the bar real quick when dirt gets in the slot.Regards, Bob Thomas
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