shrub - Knowledgebase Question

Danbury, Co
Question by rockett191
May 14, 2009
I am trying to remove a forsythia shrub. I have already cut it back and am left with 6 inches of stem. I do not want to keep the shrub and wanted to know how I remove the remaining shrub and what tool I would need to remove the root. The base of the shrub is about a 5 inch circumference. Help!

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2009


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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