View Full Version : the best way to remove a bed of pachysandra

03-05-2009, 05:28 PM
I am new to landscaping and with the economy as it is can't really afford to hire a professional. I have a rather large bed of Pachysandra which i would like to remove and replace with something a bit more clean looking that would also brighten up the front of my home. I live in a suburb in New Jersery the area around the bed gets very little shade. If someone could give me some advice i would greatly appreciate it.

03-05-2009, 05:44 PM
The cheap way is with a shovel. The professional way is with a tractor or skidsteer. You could put an ad in the paper for free pachysandra. That stuff is expensive by the flat. They may dig it out for you.

03-05-2009, 06:35 PM
Yeah, unless you want to get into some heavy herbicides for that, the best way to get rid of it is to dig it out. And the suggestion of maybe having somebody come and dig it up for you if they want it is also a good one, it is much more expensive than an invasive plant that spreads everywhere should be.

Digging it out is the only real way to prevent it from coming up, but expect to see stalks of it popping up for a while no matter what you do.

03-05-2009, 06:41 PM
This is what we use to remove Pachysandra.

03-05-2009, 08:01 PM
thanks a lot guys, by the way any ideas about what i could replace the pachysandra with?

03-05-2009, 08:06 PM
Pics of the front yard and house would help. Also, which direction does the front of your house face.

03-05-2009, 08:13 PM
which direction as well will help north south... you know what i mean

03-05-2009, 10:00 PM
i am going to try to get some pictures for you guys tomorrow but the front of the house faces west.

03-06-2009, 11:46 AM
also when do you guys think is the soonest time i can begin this project?

03-06-2009, 01:13 PM
also when do you guys think is the soonest time i can begin this project?

depends on how much of a mess your willing to make. If you want the lowest inpact around your work site i suggest you wait till early summer when things have dried out and hardened up a bit. If you do it in the spring with equipment then you could make a mess with the machine tires digging in the muddy ground. If your going to hand dig it then have at it right away ans long as the frost is gone.

03-06-2009, 01:39 PM
we kill it with roundup (takes a couple rounds because its so waxy) then rototill it.

03-12-2009, 08:04 PM
sorry for the wait, i finally took some pictures of the front of the house which faces west and the side which faces north. i also took a picture of a rough drawing of where i would like to put some small trees and shrubs, if you guys could take a look at these pictures and maybe help me figure out just what to plant there that would be great.

Thanks, Gatorcars139628




03-12-2009, 08:06 PM
How about putting some shrubs in the pach. Thats whats missing.

03-12-2009, 08:12 PM
if the pachysandra looked the way it did when i first moved in that would have been a good idea its just too over grown and too many weeds Ive started spraying the roundup already as well

03-12-2009, 08:21 PM
I have pach all over my place. In every bed. You can see it behind the trailer and all around the house. It takes a little maintenance and shrubbery but the stuff gives a nice mature landscape look. All you need is some plantings and nice edges.

03-12-2009, 09:17 PM
what type of shrubs would you suggest i put down

03-12-2009, 09:22 PM
I will give you some suggestions tomarrow.

03-12-2009, 09:42 PM
thanks i appreciate it.