Remove Arborvitae - Knowledgebase Question

Hillsboro, Or
Question by ohlerhl
March 25, 2010
I recently moved into a house with a row of small arborvitae against the fence in the back. I'm really not fond of those plants, and they're already looking dead halfway up. I would like to remove them and plant vining flowers along the fence. How hard is it to remove the arborvitae, and how would you suggest doing it?

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010


Small arborvitaes will have reasonably small root masses so you can probably hand dig them. Expect the roots to be in the top 12" of soil and radiate out to the tips of the branches. Larger arborvitaes will probably require some heavy equipment - backhoe or similar. I hope you can hand dig them - it's much less expensive!

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