My husband had to remove a sick Holly Tree some time ago, and here's what was left of it:
Even though he dug around the stump, and сut the big roots with an ax, the stump was in there pretty good. We thought we'd leave it as it is until spring, but the weather was perfect for yard work today, and "the force was with me," so I decided to give it a try.
I dug some more, all around the stump, and uncovered four--deeper lying--roots, substantial enough to keep the stump in place. I dug around and under the roots (until I could fit my palm and move it under the roots easily) to make sure I wouldn't ruin my handsaw by hitting the dirt.
Then I sawed...and sawed...and sawed...and...voilà:
I didn't even have to use a crowbar. Once the roots were cut, I lifted the stump without any trouble. Here's the defeated stump posing with the tools of the trade:
Nothing like tree stump removal to boost a girl's confidence!