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jgenest007
Aug 7, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Hi
I have an area that has a bush the produces red berries in the fall, a lilac and a bunch of overgrowth and weeds. How can i get this to a workable base zero. The only thing I want to keep is the lilac. The area is probably about 4' x 10'. Any ideas would be great.
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Shadegardener
Aug 7, 2017 10:54 AM CST
The easiest and cheapest way is to start pulling up or cutting back weeds or any other growth that you don't want. Don't start off with an herbicide or you may end up harming your lilac.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 7, 2017 11:42 AM CST
I agree Start digging and chopping.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 12:27 PM CST
I agree as well; how large is the bush that you want to remove? We've been known to wrap a heavy chain around the base of larger bushes that we wanted to get rid of and pull them out with our vehicle... (use caution with this method!)

otherwise, just start digging around it until you can get it free Smiling
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plantmanager
Aug 7, 2017 12:29 PM CST
I agree with Sandy. If the bush is huge, use your vehicle, very carefully! Find out from your manual where to attach the chains so you don't pull your bumper off. We've been there and done that.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 4:39 PM CST
Excellent advice, Karen! (we have a hitch on our 4-wheel-drive SUV)
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 7, 2017 6:43 PM CST
I dug a rock out of my garden a couple years ago. It was about 2 1/2 feet in both directions and over a foot deep. I got out my DH's car straps and started rapping the rock. I was going to attach the other ends to my car's trailer hitch and pull that puppy out. (No next plan).

We had some Tongan gardeners working in the neighborhood that summer and they saw what I was doing. They came running, waving their arms and yelling (Tongan? English? I don't know) but it was pretty obvious they did not approve of my rock removal plans.

The three of them managed to get it out of the hole and move it about 8 feet. It is now my garden bench. Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

So we'll never know what they were trying to tell you, Daisy?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 7, 2017 7:35 PM CST
No, but because there are a lot of Tongans in Reno, I have a few thoughts:

No! No! You will kill yourself! (I might have. DH was out of town. I told him my plan and he seemed to trust that I wouldn't kill myself)

Gardening is not women's work (No defense - I married a Japanese man from a long line of Japanese gardeners and he did not inherit any of those traits)

Hire us, we will do a good job (I did. My patio is sinking and my wall is made of Hard Pan).

But I was thankful that I didn't have to actually hook my car to the big rock.

Smiling



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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters Butterflies Birds
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2017 8:31 PM CST
"But I was thankful that I didn't have to actually hook my car to the big rock."

Yes, that may well have been a good thing! Thumbs up
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