shrub removal - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dreadnite
October 7, 2010
We are expanding our deck. Several shrubs(hollies) need to be dug out while a few others are placed so they will be under the expansion and not in the way of supports. Im not sure how to kill them off so they dont come back next year. Weve already cut them down to near ground level. The stumps left vary from 1

Answer from NGA
October 7, 2010
Your hollies will resprout unless you dig out the stumps and roots. You'll find the roots in the top 12" of soil, spreading out about as far as the longest branches of the plant. If you wet the soil the day before you plan to dig, you'll find it easier to dig up the stumps. Although there are stump killing chemicals on the market, they don't always completely kill the roots and you may find new sprouts popping up under your deck. Just to make sure you won't have any surprises down the line, I'd highly recommend you take the time to remove the stumps and roots completely before expanding your deck. Best wishes with your project!

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