We had a tree in our front yard that died about 2 years ago, well it died soon after we put it in. We had to have one because of the HOA requirements and so we left it there until we got a new tree. I think that it started to become a fire hazard. It was so dry and so completely dead. We pulled out the old tree with the Jeep. We were both kind of surprised by how easily it came out. It really had no roots.