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I recently cut a shrub down, because it had grown too big for the space, and next doors clematis was wrapping itself round it.

How do you get rid of the stumps and roots?  

I  hope to plant a butterfly bush in the spring, I will be able to hard prune this every spring.


I use  a spade and fork, and a crow-bar or piece of iron bar or scaffold pole as a lever if needed. - better than the gym 


or if it's too big for you get the stump grinder firm in


With one root, I knelt on the ground (with knee pads on) for about 4 hours and attacked it with an axe. It worked. Dove, I agree; it keeps us healthy!

Does anyone recommend an alternative to the above recommendations.

Or is it not recommended to use a chemical liquid?



You can drill holes and inject a stump killer but the stump will still be there

I've just watched someone remove a stump with a combination of a fork, a crowbar and brute strength. Looked like very hard work!


We also have a stump......and a stump it will remain!! It was hard enough cutting down, chopping up and disposing of a 25foot conifer no way am I going to spend anymore time and energy attacking the stump.

I wish you luck with whichever method you decide on.


I have to chip in and say do you actually need to remove them?

If you can leave them they will gradually rot down and make a lovely home to lots of wildlife including the vulnerable but very impressive Stag Beetle whose larva lives in rotting wood underground?

Please don't use chemicals unless you really have to and try to think of an environmentally friendly solution instead if you possibly can?

May be you could make a feature out of them for a bird bath or feeder or maybe grow some scrambling plant up/through them like a Clematis or similar?

If you absolutely have to get them out I also vote for the mattock and a bit of sweat and tears!

When you get them out you could still help your garden wildlife by starting stumpery or a log pile for wildlife in the corner of your garden maybe?...





The original question was about the roots of a shrub - not a tree - surely the roots aren't impossible to remove?  Even a 12ft lilac won't have roots that would take too long to dig out.

Stump removal people are rather expensive but worth it when it's not doable by your self. Recently on my allotment my neighbouring allotmenteer removed it for me. He is 80 with several health problems - I was so fearful that he may have a heart attack in the process. What a true gentleman and a dear friend now.


Oh sorry thought the OP said tree stump and roots 


Well, the heading says tree stump and roots, but the question speaks of cutting down a shrub - it's a bit confusing 


I would use a lot of energy and my trusty mattock.

When clearing this garden it was invaluable. Be prepared to dig down along way all around the stump though.



I actually bought a matlock.  It did work and then my husband came and used brute force. So the stump is out. 

If I leave the roots, will these rot down or will they start to grow again?

Is it best to chop them up, the best I can?

I actually have bought a small butterfly bush to replace it. 


Whether the shrub root regrows depends on what the shrub is

I can't see that mentioned anywhere but maybe my speed reading is too fast


Nope - type of shrub not mentioned Nut - maybe it's just one of those indeterminate shrubby tree things