The Q&A Archives: shrub removal

Question: I have a forsythia shrub that I am in the process of removing. I have already cut it back and am left with about six inches of the branches. I do not plan on keeping the shrub and wanted to know how I remove the rest of it and what tools I will need to use for the removal of it.

Answer: Expect the majority of roots to be in the top 12 inches of soil and out as far as the branches originally were. Dig a trench all around the plant at the dripline and then dig down and towards the center of the plant. Then continue digging and prying beneath the root mass to free the plant. You can use long pry bars or even 2 x 4's to provide more leverage to pry up the root mass. It's important to get the entire root mass out or it will simply sprout up again. Good luck with your project!

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