A tree that is larger than 5 inches may require professional tree-removal equipment.
Fold burlap back from the trunk and the top of the root ball if the root ball is firm and fold it down to be buried when backfilling. If the burlap is sturdy or treated, carefully remove it or at least make large cuts in it.
(MK's note: most burlap I've observed is treated and will not decay quickly, meaning that Harris et al. would recommend removal if the root ball is firm). Dr. Gary Watson of the Morton Arboretum says: Remove. Oct 13, Try to cut far from the root ball. Next, use the grub hoe to lift out the cut roots. Pull additional ones out by hand if you can.
Push the stump back and forth to loosen the roots and continue to cut and pull roots until you are able to remove the root ball from the soil. A root saw may be needed if the roots are too thick for the stumpclear.barted Reading Time: 7 mins.
Sep 21, There is an unusual but occasional danger associated with a severed root wad. If the trees main stem has been cut for the timber, sometimes the root ball will return to nearly the original position it came from. It can do this immediately or after many hours/even days without warning.