Hoophouse Project 101- Stump Removal

Hoophouse site, the before.
Hoophouse site, the before.

This year our large Spring project is to install a small hoophouse on the farm to use for seed starting and season extension.  Sometimes it is easy to picture the final project but much harder to see all of the steps it takes to get there. We chose the best location for sun exposure, slope of the land, access to water and power and close proximity to house and garden. The next step, and the one chronicled here, was to remove a sizable fir tree stump that was to close to the site.  Digging out a stump is a big, no a HUGE, job. They say a tree is as big underground as above- Well they don’t lie! So you start to dig, accessing uppermost roots, then you dig some more.  Then you bring in your trusty vintage John Deere crawler and dig some more.  Then you use your best friend the chainsaw and cut said roots so you can access some more sizable roots. For 4 days we followed this routine.  The hole grows ever larger. Then you think ‘I wonder if the crawler can push or pull this stump over’.  It can’t…  so you dig and cut some more.  Then you find that magical root that is holding the whole stump in place and Wha La, the stump pops from the ground. Success at last!

Next step is refilling and compacting the large hole with the dirt that was removed from the hole, only to find that it takes much more dirt to fill the hole than was removed from the hole!   HMMM…

Starting the dig.
Starting the dig.
Cutting large roots.
Cutting large roots.
Back to digging.
Back to digging.
More digging.
More digging.
Yet more digging.
Yet more digging.
Success!
Success!
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