Easiest way to cut roots from neighbors trees?

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  1. JEDI

    JEDI Lifer

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    in my backyard are 3 rows of roots from my neighbors trees running about 20' in length.

    where it enters my yard the roots are exposed.
    this year little saplings are popping up all over my backyard. the mower takes care of them, but still...

    i was thinking circular saw and slice. the problem is that circular saws have a 7" blade, of which only 1/2 that length is exposed. so basically i can only slice 3.5" deep.
    i guess i can cut a 'V', take a small chunk of the root out then slice again at the deepest part of the V?

    maybe use a saw zall/reciprical saw? but i need to dig out one side of the root so that the blade doesnt get bent by dirt.


    Other easy/practical (ie: not nuke from above or burn the tree down) ways of severing the roots in my backyard?
     
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  2. Rastus

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    Ditch witch along the fenceline.
     
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    Nintendesert Diamond Member

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    Ditch witch will do it.
     
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    summon the ditch witch
     
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    If you don't want to rent heavy metal, a shovel and a sharp axe will do the trick. Now if you could get your hands on some C4...
     
  6. JEDI

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    yeah, dont want to rent a trencher. seems overkill.

    shovel + reciprical saw sounds easier than an axe
     
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    well...there are tree poisons out there, just sayn
     
  8. Rastus

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    That's not easy. You would be suprised at the speed they grow back too, so you would have to do it two or three times per year.

    Ditch witch the fence line. Pull surface roots out with a pickup truck, chain, lots of beer and a camera. Then say something like "Hey Bubba, watch this" when you pull the roots and post the video here.
     
  9. slag

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    Stump grinder. They are usually large circular metal wheels with flails attached to the edges. Will dig a path up to a foot or so deep and are relatively cheap to rent for a few hours up to a day.
     
  10. CZroe

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    Reciprocating or rotary saw.
     
  11. Rumpltzer

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    Dig and then thermite. It's easy, it's fun, it's sparkley, and it's quick.



    Recoupe parking ticket payments to the city of LA by taking their meter heads!
     
  12. JEDI

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    what? what do you mean cut 2-3x per year?
    how is using a ditch witch any different then if the roots grow back that quickly?


    yup, and i think rotary/circular saw is the easiest. no need to dig w/shovel.
     
  13. Drako

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    What kind of trees are they?
     
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    Don't forget when the chain breaks and the shackle flies forward and smashes the rear window :cool:
     
  15. JEDI

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    dont know. big trees.. taller than my 3story house.
     
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    Pics of when the tree dies and falls on your house.
     
  17. SparkyJJO

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    3 stories?

    Evil 1%er :mad:

    :p
     
  18. OVerLoRDI

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    Depending on the tree type, this could be a real concern. For a while willow trees were popular in northern California, but a few severe wind days and people discovered their shallow roots were a problem.
     
  19. SparkyJJO

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    Hmm... Cut off all the branches that are over the property line also. Make it off balance toward the neighbor's yard :D
     
  20. JEDI

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    2stories plus walk in basement.
    dont know why its called a basement since its not underground.
    from one side u walk in thru the garage. from the other is a door from my backyard.
     
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    A trench wench is $55 for 4 hours around here. I guarantee you'll spend more than 4 hours with shovel and saw.
     
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  23. MagnusTheBrewer

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    The one I listed only goes 13" deep which is plenty for tree roots. I've used a 36" one and it will definitely beat you up if you run one all day.
     
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    A tree taller than your three story house... but you can't identify the tree?

    I'm not sure what state you're in, but before you touch those roots, you might want to see what you're legally allowed to do. If your actions kill the tree, you could be liable.

    http://realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/conflicts-involving-trees-and-neighbors.html


    Just sayin'. Of course, it could be pretty funny around here when you start a thread next year, "my neighbor is suing me for $200,000 for 3 trees that I accidentally killed when I cut half their root system out."