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Old 08-28-2009, 11:09 AM   #1
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I am a 30 year old male. My grandmother wants a hedge fence removed. However, she was quoted a price of $400-too high for her in today's economy. I am a novice..I am not sure if there is any practical way for me to remove it myself. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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when you say "hedge fence" is this just a grouping of boxwoods or something growing that makes a divider or boundry?

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when you say "hedge fence" is this just a grouping of boxwoods or something growing that makes a divider or boundry?
It is sort of both. The property it borders is an alleyway which is owned by the borough. There is no private property on the other side of the fence-just the public property and they do not care if the hedge fence is removed.
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Tie a chain or cable around it near the roots,hook it to the frame on your car/truck and pull!
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Tie a chain or cable around it near the roots,hook it to the frame on your car/truck and pull!

that's my suggestion as well, except use a woven tow strap instead of a chain or steel cable if you can get your hands on one. it's a lot safer if you pull too hard and it comes flying through the air and hits your rear window!!
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Could I damage my frame? Or will the rope break before anything like that happens?
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Yes, some cars are not up to pulling some hedges out
And depending upon what you hook it to you could do damage to any vehicle
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Yea,
Although some cars have a hook up spot for towing,full frames are a thing of the past.Maybe you should borrow a truck,4WD preferably,and pull gently,don't try and yank it out.
Depending on the species of hedge,the roots shouldn't be too deep,so have someone watch(at a safe distance)for signs that the hedge is pulling out and apply just enough power to keep it moving.
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Definately agree with everyone. You can pull them out with your car/truck. Preferably a truck. Depending on how big it is you could always get a chainsaw, cut them down to nothing at the base, and then dig the root base out. If they are not too big it shouldnt be too hard because there roots shouldnt be too big.
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If you have something to anchor it to a come along should do the trick and it allows a little more control and allows you do dig aroung the roots a little if necessary. If you use a tree be sure to protect the trunk.
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You did not say how long this hedge is- just for asking. It seems that you do not have a truck. Another option might be to go to a Home Depot or other home store with a rental department. Rent one of their hourly delivery trucks for a couple of hours. Most of the ones I have seen are in the 1 ton size, or least a 3/4 ton. That should be plenty strong enough for your needs and then you can load the shrubs onto the truck. The idea of digging around the shrubs to loosen them is also a good thought. You might check into renting a walk behind trencher (ditch-witch) with the truck. I presume the hedge is in a row and the digging would be sooooo much easier that way than by hand with a shovel. Just cut down beside the shrubs, at least on your side, both sides if you can get to it. I would also recommend calling a utility locator (required by law) beforehand.

Or you could just cut them flush with the ground with a chainsaw and pour Roundup (straight, not diluted) on the stumps immediately after.
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Another tip/trick is to take a towel, blanket or even a sweatshirt and put it over the chain / cable/strap somewhere around the center point between the truck and bush.

This will absorb the energy in the event the rope or whatever you are using snaps under pressure. We used to do this back in the day when we were pulling our Jeeps out of the mud or sand. this trick has saved me a lot of vehicle damage
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What is the need for pulling out the bushes( hedge), why not just cut them down?
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What is the need for pulling out the bushes( hedge), why not just cut them down?

depending on what it is, often times they grow back. plus then you have a bunch of "razor stubble" with the left over stumps. Low Class
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Could I damage my frame? Or will the rope break before anything like that happens?

depends on what you use. if you use a piece of clothesline, or some twisted swingset chain, it will break before you do any harm. if you use anything more substantial, the potential for frame damage is there, but with shrubs it's proabably a fairly low risk.

whatever you use, keep in mind my suggestion to toss a blanket, towel or jacket over your line. it's a no cost precaution that really works

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