Off and On Again.

Canada
May 30, 2016 3:10pm CST
Disappeared for just a few days this time. I don't spend any time here on Saturdays but Sunday didn't yield any time to visit either. Regular maintenance guy couldn't work so I ended up covering both of our basic responsibilities for the day. Made for an eleven and a half hour shift. I'm also trying to get a new garden plot ready by the end of the week. We need a spot to plant potatoes and a lot of work needs to be done. I cut the Alders down last fall but their roots are still in the ground. I spent another two hours after work slaving away after that. That didn't leave any spare time at all. Today rained so I can't continue that work until it dries out some. Probably a good thing. I'm pretty stiff and sore from the work. Anybody know any short cuts for getting Alder stumps out of the ground in a hurry without a tractor?
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@JudyEv (96836)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 May 16
Sounds hard work. Our eucalyptus roots will burn underground (albeit slowly) if you get a fire started at the open end.
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• Canada
31 May 16
Alder burns pretty good and the roots would probably burn down underground but our soil is way too wet for that to work. Besides that we have a burn ban in effect. Fort McMurray has a lot of Canadian pretty paranoid about forest fires right now.
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@JudyEv (96836)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jun 16
@koopharper I can imagine the paranoia over fires. I don't have any other suggestions. Looks like it's back to the pick and spade or whatever.
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• Canada
1 Jun 16
@JudyEv Making good progress. Just got a lot of rain overnight. Hopefully things will dry out a lot before I finish my shift today. Got two more stumps out and I have clear sailing for another ten feet or so by the look of it.
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@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
30 May 16
Sorry, I can't help you, I've never done it. Don't work too hard.
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• Canada
30 May 16
I'll try not to. I just want to get something accomplished. We have 2.4 acres of former farm land that is mostly just a tangled mess of this stuff.
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@jaboUK (50127)
• United Kingdom
30 May 16
@koopharper That's a lot of land to sort out.
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• Canada
1 Jun 16
@jaboUK It is but slow and steady will accomplish a lot over time.
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• United States
31 May 16
Glad to see you again, and no, I have no idea on how to remove stumps. I really don't envy your job, I know I wouldn't be able to do that kind of work, I'm exhausted just removing leaves and dirt, along with some branches I cut.
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• Canada
1 Jun 16
Digging, pulling, twisting and then resting. Hopefully after a few goes it comes loose and I can beat the topsoil off it before throwing it on the burn pile.
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• United States
1 Jun 16
@koopharper Ugh, my back hurts just thinking about it.
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@toniganzon (39825)
• Philippines
31 May 16
Wish i knew.
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• Canada
31 May 16
It's okay. Happy enough to hear from you.
@Platespinner (18072)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
30 May 16
We're in an on going war with roots around here. Hard work (including LOTS of delegation) and a good pick-mattock.
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• Canada
30 May 16
A pick-mattock would be useful. I don't have one though. With enough leverage they do rip out of the ground but it is taking a lot out of me.
@acelawrites (10624)
• Philippines
30 May 16
I don't know about Alders. Is it a tree? Then the stump could be so enormous and it will be laborious to remove it manually.
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• Canada
30 May 16
Alders don't grow very big and the don't put down deep roots. The trunk is usually only five to ten centemetres in diameter. However they usually grow in clumps with the roots tangled and connected to each other. Each stump I'm taking out yields and twenty to thirty kilo wooden octopus. I'm digging and doing a lot of pulling and twisting.
@GardenGerty (90178)
• Marion, Kansas
30 May 16
Did the old timers use dynamite. That is what hubby says.
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• Canada
30 May 16
I doubt they used it for Alders but they did for bigger stuff. Problem is I haven't got any of that and if I did I'm sure there'd be some regulation I'd be breaking using it.