Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26
  1. #1
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    901
    Location
    SE Louisiana
    Tractor
    BX22

    Default Different Trees - Different roots

    I've dug up a goodly number of trees since I've had my BX-22. I am surprised at the difference in root systems from tree - tree. My worst/hardest trees have been sweetgums. When the gum tree is small, it is easy prey. When they get a little size, I've found that they have a tap root that I just cannot get to with my hoe. Attached is a relatively small gum tree, maybe 10" at the base. I've severed all the roots I can get to, but you can see a tap root that looks like an extension of the trunk that extends straight down.
    After fretting with this little tree for tooooo long, I finally reached for the Stihl & took it off well below ground level [2nd post].
    What I'm saying is that I expected oaks to be the toughest customers, but have not found that necessarily to be so.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    901
    Location
    SE Louisiana
    Tractor
    BX22

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    2nd picture
    Attached Images Attached Images

  3. #3
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    305
    Location
    SE Pa (Chester County)
    Tractor
    John Deere 4300, John Deere 3010 w/48 loader

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    Tdog,

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( My worst/hardest trees have been sweetgums. When the gum tree is small, it is easy prey. When they get a little size, I've found that they have a tap root that I just cannot get to with my hoe. )</font>

    I don't think that I've ever taken out a gum, but black walnut trees have a similar tap root. I've got lots of them and although a top will occasionally snap off in high wind, I have yet to see one uprooted.

  4. #4
    Elite Member Tractors4u's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    2,542
    Location
    Athens Alabama
    Tractor
    Deere 4310, Kubota L355, John Deere SST18 Spin Steer, 2006 Polaris Ranger

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    In 1995 or 96 I went on state active duty with the National Guard after Hurricane Opal hit Alabama. I seen many large oak trees blown over in south Alabama. I was surprized to see that they just blew over and didn't break. The roots appear to have spread out from the tree just below ground level.
    Then today I was pushing over some peach trees for my brother and noticed that they didn't have much of a root system at all.

  5. #5
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    800
    Location
    Winn Parish, LA
    Tractor
    Case 380B, Super C

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    Keep an eye on it. Gums are notorious resprouters. Cut one down and 4 will sprout from stump if left unattended. Even stray roots will sprout far away from trunk of dug up tree. Gums have amazing propensity for self preservation.

  6. #6
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    901
    Location
    SE Louisiana
    Tractor
    BX22

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    You're right, MMM. I've noticed the same thing.

  7. #7
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    165
    Location
    Mid TN, USA
    Tractor
    175 Allis, 1975

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    Wait until you encounter a hickory. They didn't call Andrew Jackson "Old Hickory" for nothing. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    TK

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    445
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Tractor
    JD 855

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( Keep an eye on it. Gums are notorious resprouters. )</font>

    Painting the cut end with a mixture of Roundup and kerosene helps a lot.


  9. #9
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    2,315

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    Never recall having to deal with a gum tree but Elm trees have a very heavy root system as well. I've seen people dig for hours to get 1 stump out. (same driver, equipment and size stump could do cherry, maple or oak in 1/2 hour or less).

  10. #10
    Bronze Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    91
    Location
    Upstate New York/Holbrook L.I.
    Tractor
    BX 22

    Default Re: Different Trees - Different roots

    Hello Tdog,
    Isn't it amasing what the BX22 can accomplish? I've been removing trees on my property here on Long Island, for the last two weeks. Although, L.I. is all sand and easy digging, the root balls on some of the oak trees are quite large. Attached are a few pictures of a stump I've been working on for the last two days. I used a 3 ton rachetting chain fall and the BX 22 to remove this stump. We finally won the battle! It came out today.
    Attached Images Attached Images

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.