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Old 05-14-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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demo backyard - what equipment?


hello all...

tried to search for the answer here but couldn't find anything... basically, i have a backyard that is covered in shrubs/bushes/growth... not sure what to call it but here is a photo...

my question is... what equipment should i rent to demo/level/remove this growth so i can start fresh?


also there's a small tree that i want to remove so i can build out my patio... what's the best way to remove this?


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Old 05-14-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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A chain saw should get you down to dirt level pretty quick (be careful!).
At that point a pick and shovel may be all you need to dig out the roots.
Go from there.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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Could also try a Brush Hog or similar Field Mower on the "brushy stuff".
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #4
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If that was my yard, 90% of it would be done with my Jeep and a tow chain.
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I think a combination of all the techniques and tools mentioned is in your future. It looks like you might have room to get a jeep, small bobcat or something in there and if so pulling out stumps will save you lots of time and trouble later. If you just cut them off they will sprout on you.

That tree planted too close to the house and foundation is going to be a problem. Too bad it has to go because it has some nice shape features to it. Try digging around it to see if you can pull it out and maybe move it? I think you are going to have to cut it off flush with the ground and just treat repeatedly with a painted on brush killer or full strength roundup.

Before you start digging or pulling out the rooted plants elsewhere in the yard make sure you locate any underground utilities the roots might have wrapped around or things could turn nasty and expensive really fast. Most communities have a partnership with a free utility locating service but they get busy this time of year so you might have to wait a bit. They are usually fairly timely and responsive though.

By the way, once you have things cleared I always recommend people take the time to scale out their yards and commit it to graph paper or an inexpensive plot plan program. Having a scaled drawing will come in so handy for figuring out building materials, irrigation, lighting, and planting later on. And you can mark the utility locations so you don't have to call the locator folks out again. Drawings also give you a means of communication with contractors, nurseries and others.

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not familiar with a brush hog or a field mower... is it something i can rent from taylor rental?

here are things i can rent from their lawn & garden catalog...
http://taylorrent.com/Tool%20&%20Equ...nandgarden.htm

and from their earth moving and loading catalog...
http://taylorrent.com/Tool%20&%20Equ...arthmoving.htm

i was thinking about renting a bobcat just cause it'd be fun, i think...

that tree is definitely worth saving but i have no idea how to dig it out then replant it...

thanks all for the replies...
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that tree is definitely worth saving but i have no idea how to dig it out then replant it...
You just need to dig the majority of the root ball and transplant it. Good news is it is a small tree. Ideally you would dig the diameter of the drip line and as deep but that may not work out. You are going to need some extra people and a piece of burlap to move it, or a bobcat and some people.

The question is going to be how it is rooted on the side near the foundation. You will not know until you dig a bit.

Hope you can save it.
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If that was my yard, 90% of it would be done with my Ranger and a tow chain.
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I agree with the posters suggesting using a chan to pull the out by the roots.
I use a slip hook on one end and a grab hook on the other. The slip will wrap around the bush and tighten up as you pull on it.
If you pull it out by the roots it's gone and never have it grow back again.
If you cut it off you will be dealing with it for years.
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That is for sure! If it were my back yard it would be a chain and this!
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gonna try to attack this growth little by little with this lopper tool i just bought...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

the tow chain seems like a great idea but i can't get a vehicle back there
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All in good fun.

I like Jeeps, and they're the one vehicle that gets respect on the Ranger forums.
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