Posted: 01/07/2013 at 00:14
Sara if it does turn out to be a baddy the best way to remove it without damaging your tree is slowly!
Dig around the roots with a fork. Once you have uncovered a root that you cannot pull cut with a good strong pair of loppers. Do this all around the root ball until the centre can be pulled away. Then deal with each root left in the ground. Time consuming but the only way to do it without damage.