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Old 06-12-2018, 10:16 PM   #1
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Removal of shrubs


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What kind of shrub might these be and how hard could it be to remove? Im thinking of calling a landscaping guy to shovel it out.
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Privit maybe? Why do you want to dig it up?
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I want to replace them with some kind of evergreens- better privacy wall especially in winter bcs they wont loose leaves in and less maintenance.


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I deal with this type stuff all day.
If you called me I'd be using my nylon strap with two loops and pulling it out by the roots with my lawn mower.
If that failed I'd have my helper chop around the roots with an ax and and try again.
I've removed hundreds of shrubs and trees and it's rare we have to dig anything out.
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Im thinking... can I use a CR-V with a hitch to pull them out? Securing the strap on base of the shrub and the hitch then putting the CR-V on drive - little to no- gas. Would that work? Wouldnt want to kill the tranny.
Now by asking Im not suggesting Ill go ahead do this though .




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I deal with this type stuff all day.
If you called me I'd be using my nylon strap with two loops and pulling it out by the roots with my lawn mower.
If that failed I'd have my helper chop around the roots with an ax and and try again.
I've removed hundreds of shrubs and trees and it's rare we have to dig anything out.





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Anyone please suggest options for a maintenance free shrub that could act like a wall and not loose leaves in the winter?

I was thinking of using the tall Japanese Holly - I think they are called Sky Pencil.
Im open to suggestions as I dont wanna do this again. Thanks!


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I did not have a big PU truck or riding mower. So I used what I had to pull bushes....a 2 ton engine hoist. And luckily I pulled the big Holly bush I had it hooked to in the pic last of all, as it bent the lift beam some... but it came out.
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Anyone please suggest options for a maintenance free shrub that could act like a wall and not loose leaves in the winter?

I was thinking of using the tall Japanese Holly - I think they are called Sky Pencil.
I’m open to suggestions as I don’t wanna do this again. Thanks!


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Very little in life is "maintenance free"; you're better to look for 'low maintenance'. Different species do better in different areas. Shop around local nurseries or pay attention to neighbours if you see something you like and that might thrive in your climate zone and soil. If you want fullness year 'round, you're probably looking at a conifer.


Pay attention to how wide and high a species will grow. Many people fail to realize this and plant them too close to the fence, house, etc.
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Pull the unwanted shrub and possibly plant a row of eastern red cedar of some cultivar for low maintenance and green. Visit your local nursery.
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Thanks - Ill look them up.
Are they deer resistant?

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I actually see a lot of aborvitae in the neighborhood. They were planted many years ago and they just keep growing taller and wider. Once you top one of those trees they just keep growing wider and wider. Otherwise they reach for skies.



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Not sure on PA's climate , (I think it's similar to mine) , but one of the classics is the arborvitae :

https://www.gardendesign.com/trees/arborvitae.html

Not as pretty as , say , a yew , but less maintenance & faster growing .

Like Lenaitch said , be sure of the particular species as to how big they get .

Editorial comment : one of the dumbest things (IMO) is when I see a pretty spruce or fir tree (or anything) planted too close to a house , fence , etc . "If it said right on the tag that it can grow 30" wide , that's a 15' radius......why'd you plant it 6' from the HOUSE ???"

Ok , I feel better now .
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The native eastern red cedar we have are not only deer resistant they are deer proof. Once again, a good local nursery will be able to provide necessary information about growth rate, height, pruning if needed, mature shape etc. In my opinion this would not be a good time to do an on line order.
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Mixed flower azalea always impressed me. I only know about established plants, but mine lived through summer dry times as well as being buried under plow snow. When I had to move them for retaining wall redo, they lived through that too.
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