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This project started last spring when I had my neighbor cut this Silver Maple down. In August of 1999 I build this 10x12 building with a 10x11 deck. In the middle of the deck was a tree. And I thought hey that will look great and be so cool. Fast forward to 18 years more of growth and the tree is winning the battle against the deck. Roots pushing on posts, circumference of the tree is now 26 inches and I have cut rafters underneath 7 times to accommodate the tree. Frankly my great idea had a limited lifetime. So I took the deck apart, posts and all and down
Son in law presents me with a walnut stump. It is freshly cut and dug out. About 20 inches across at ground level. There is about thirty inches from above the ground. I know how to handle that part. There is about 30 inches of the root ball from below the ground, possibly 20 inches across for a couple of feet before roots start branching out. I already know how to dull my chain saw cutting wood with dirt in it or rocks surrounded by root growth. So, before I start, any wisdom about the value of working the portion of the stump that was below ground?