Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:28
Quarkrad, you have to dig up that privet.
I have removed large overgrown privet and, yes, the rootstock can be heavy and difficult.
i dig a trench all round and deep enough to then start digging below from the sides. Secateurs and a sharp saw are useful too to cut roots as you see them. A crowbar too is mighty handy. A mixture of cutting, digging and levering will move them.
i think too much thinking is being made here Quarkrad because you will remove them. Do you have a friend who can work with you?
I found when the first privet stump is removed the others are easier...the ground is partially dug and loosened for the next stump. The size of stumps I had were so heavy they could not be easily lifted. They had grown some 15' plus and been in place for years
too late now of course but best to leave 4' or so of stiff stems to help with the levering process.
just think though Quarkrad, when those privets are gone how satisfied you will be. Job done for good.