My husband had to remove a sick Holly Tree some time ago, and here's what was left of it:
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!
Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy)