Removing a hackberry tree can easily be done with the right tools. Root removal will permanently remove the tree once the trunk is cut down to ground level. As with other tree removal procedures, caution must be exercised when cutting branches to make sure none of them fall onto the nearby house or anything else that can be easily crushed.
Cutting the Tree
Start cutting the branches at the top of the tree. Use a steady ladder to reach the uppermost branches. The wood of the hackberry tree is soft like pine wood. When cutting the trunk, cut it in sections at an angle so it will fall in the right direction on to the ground. Cut as low to the ground as possible so that you can remove the roots easily.
Removing the Stump and Roots
To remove the stump and roots, dig around the perimeter of the remaining stump. Use an axe to chop away the remaining stump in the ground to help break up the wood. If the remaining stump is too big, mix one part caustic soda with two parts water and pour it on the stump to help it decompose. Once the stump is dead, it can be pulled out of the ground. Chop up the remaining roots after digging them up. Fill the hole with regular soil.