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Old 06-18-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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This is the google street view of the front of my new home.


My wife and I hate these fir tree like hedges. I do not know what they are called but they feel almost like a fir tree. And worst of all I am allergic to them. We want to pull them out and build a stepped block retaining wall and then try to slowly level out the front yard.

My question is what is the easiest way to remove these hedge bushes? They are so thick and it looks like their root system goes on forever! It will be a slow project as our City yard waste can (brown can in picture) is only so big and comes every other week

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Truck & chain tied around the base...one by one
Or cut them as low as you can
Build the wall to cover over the stumps

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can they grow back if we leave the roots? we can easily truck and chain them, that could even be fun

Maybe to keep out of the way of the road, maybe parking the truck and using a come along would be better?

The wall will come later this year, but we want to get this plan just gone..
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Some bushes will come back even if you cut them to the ground
At one house we had bushes along one side & I dug down & chopped them off below ground
They never grew back

Carefil with a truck & chain....chain can break...whiplash & hurt someone
A heavy truck & come-along is a good idea
All depends upon how deep the roots are
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How does your local town handle brush removal? That can looks like a long, slow process.

Have you checked with a landscape contractor to get a price? Might be worth the $$ to get someone to do the heavy clearing for you. On the other hand, I would rent a tractor for half a day and pull them out with a backhoe. Maybe you aren't comfortable or experienced on a tractor. But that's only if you can leave them for the city to pick up or also rent a refuse container. Just depends on time vs money. But to answer one question, no the roots will not come back up, especially if these are junipers which is what they look like. They don't even like hard pruning.

Another possible solution would be to treat a couple of times with a fairly strong glyphosate (Roundup) spray. Not my cup of tea, but ...
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