The tree grew as a volunteer. The neighbor hated it. Bill Taylor (who I work with) helps me on lots of projects. Bill also lived in the house I am prepping for sale for 15 years. It is strange that I own the house. I did not buy it from Bill but that is another story. I basically know Bill knows what to do so I am just kept informed. At least 3 times in this tree's life it was taken down. The stump was left and it regrew. I took it down when it fell on my fence. Bill told the neighbor if he wanted down without having to deal with the new owner he could pull it down before we sold. The neighbor left the stump about 2 ft off the ground.
Yesterday Bill informed me he was going to take the stump flush to the ground. I didn't say anything I just did other things. This project was bigger then either Bill or I knew. After a while the 80 year old neighbor sees what Bill is doing and decides to help. I continue with my work. A bunch of young people offer to help but since they have kids with them they continue. The guys are making progress when a guy drives up looking for work. He wants to do landscaping and mowing. Bill and I talk it over and I tell him that I pay but Bill will be the boss. I felt we needed another hand especially one younger than 60. I go on with my task.
They dig a deep hole around the tree roots and saw the roots from the ground. What is left is huge. The neighbor comes with a big chain that fits onto Bill's truck. This Video is the final removal of the stump. It was pretty exciting. I have never saw this done. We hired the guy to come back on Monday. I figure the tree wont come back in out lifetime. Maybe the guy we hired.