Removing shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6A)
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Question by kyjenkins1
May 12, 2007
What are the proper steps in removing shrubs and bushes from the root? What tools are required?

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2007
Removing shrubs by digging or pulling them up by the roots can be quite a large job, depending on the size of the shrub. To dig them out you would cut the shrub off short near the ground using loppers, a saw, or chainsaw as needed to cut through the stems or trunks. Then dig out the roots using a sharp spade, shovel and/or possibly a mattock or even a hatchet as needed to cut through the woody roots. Shrubs can also be pulled out using a heavy chain attached to a heavy duty vehicle. It is best to work when the soil is moist from rain or a very deep watering. I hope this helps.

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