Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:29
Ah! Busy has just beaten me to it....yes, leave some trunk for leverage. I have dug out MASSIVE shrubs and trees including sycamores,,Laylandii, etc. All by HAND, swearing, cursing,grunting and manic power.
the hardest part sometimes has been removing it from the soil even though it ihas been dug up. You could, if it's so big, clear away the soil and when plant is separated from the soil, burn it. However, these things are often easier than anticipated. ........and the satisfaction when you've won the battle!