Yesterday Mike R and myself decided to try to lift a rather large Yamadori Hawthorn.We used a new method, to us anyhow, of utilising ratchet straps to take the strain out of trying to pull and tug.
By using straps like this with plenty tension on it saves a lot of effort.
Then by digging round the base and cutting roots as you go and keeping tension on the strap,the tree will start to move allowing the tap root to be accessed and cut. Which in this case was about six inches thick.
Getting the tree out was one thing, getting it back home and potted was another. Sorry no photos as it took all hands to carry the tree.