Removing shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
May 12, 2007

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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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