What are the best garden tools for cutting down large bushes and uprooting their stumps?
If you’re going the inexpensive, manual route, the tools that I recommend for this job are a hand axe, garden saw, shovel, rock bar, pickaxe, and awful lot of back-breaking, hard work. In addition to the tools I’ve already mentioned, one additional tool I would have on hand is a mattock, which has one blade like a short broad pickaxe, and another set perpendicular to that, which acts as an axe for cutting through roots. You can buy heads that fit conventional pickaxe handles.
An easier, but more expensive way to accomplish this task is to rent an excavator from a local rental shop and spend the weekend digging out bushes. With an excavator, you will probably get lots of offers of help from friends who want to come play with the machine. Of course, not everyone has the budget to rent an excavator. If you decide to go the inexpensive route, do not cut the bushes until you have uprooted them. Here’s how: Use a shovel to locate the root ball, and lodge your rock bar under the root ball to lever the root ball out. The weight of the plant will help immensely to tip over the bush. If you happen to have a pick-up truck, you can wrap a chain around the bush, hook the other end of the chain to the truck, and rip them out of the ground. If not, you’re going to have to put your back into it.