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DowntoEarthLLC
05-11-2004, 07:55 PM
ok so anyone her got a great method of removing these lovely sawblade grasses of Gods design?

I've chopped them in half with a chainsaw and dug them out with a shovel...dug them out then yanked them with a truck... But with both these methods I always start thinking, "there's got to be an easier way" I guess I could get a bobcat and just yank them out of the ground, but getting a bobcat on this job would just be dumb...

I got 3 BIG pampas grasses to remove... Whats the secret recipe!!

D Felix
05-11-2004, 08:54 PM
Mini-excavator. Plain and simple.

Warm season grasses are a MAJOR PITA to remove, or even devide.

If you can get a skidsteer with forks or a bucket in there, use it. Or a tractor with a bucket. You'll be glad you did, it will save a LOT of cussing and sweating....


Dan

dvmcmrhp52
05-11-2004, 08:57 PM
TNT in copiuos quantities..................................LOL!

polecat63
05-12-2004, 07:01 AM
Man I hate Pampass Grass. I just got lucky the other day. Went to remove one and it popped right out. Thought I had died and gone to heaven. If you can get a Mini excavator in, they work great, although that would greatly increase you costs on the job. If it's one or two,, digging works best. I usually sharpen my shovel blades so they'll cut right through the roots, and don't forget to call Miss Utility! :D

NCSULandscaper
05-12-2004, 11:15 AM
If you do not remove or stir up a large area around pampas grass, there will be chutes coming up from the roots, so you may have to monitor the area and get up a few more bunches that may pop up.

Strawbridge Lawn
05-13-2004, 07:35 AM
Doesn't everyone just LOVE getting Pompass Ass Grass caught in their Weed Whackers??
AAAARRRRRGGGGG

mottster
03-10-2005, 09:58 PM
We recently removed 75 of these little devils, each about 18-24 inches in diameter. we Used a long betal pry bar which we stuck down in the ground on the back side of the bush, wrapped a chain around the push and bar and hooked the other end to a truck, with one guy driving and two pushing down on the bar they would pull right out, took 10 minutes per plant. The bar keeps the chain from slipping off the top of the plant as well provides the leverage to pull the sucker out of the ground. After that just load them into a truck or trailer and take them away. Amazingly, most of our pampas was picked up by people at the restaurant that were watching and were actually WANTING pampas grass in their yard. I feel bad for them now. Be careful with this method though, the guys holding the pry bar can get flung around if the bar slips from under the plant. We didn't hvae any injuries, but as i was looking back in the mirror (a/c was so nice) i saw my guys getting jarred around. But itw as efficient....my 2 cents...

mownredneck
03-10-2005, 10:15 PM
This summer I had to remove about 20 of these and all I had was a couple of shovels and another guy. I was beat by the end of the day. That was some hard work.

beransfixitinc
03-10-2005, 10:16 PM
I'm not sure I understand the disdain felt towards this wonderfully natural break. One as a wind break, and two as a visual break. The neighbors have a couple of motorhomes that are parked in their added on driveway, and they are barely visible behind our 4 "bushes".

The ONLY thing I dislike is the friggin blowing seed crap at that one or two times a year.

Why so many problems with trimming? Long as you have a mower with a nice trim side, you should be clear of the leaves. Unless of course they are in an area where you can't use a mower.

coastallandscapesolutions
03-10-2005, 10:22 PM
One word..... backhoe

bigviclbi
03-10-2005, 10:37 PM
I'd rather dig out a grass than a yucca. Try to getting all the root out, you end up with 20 baby plants from the pieces of root.

mottster
03-10-2005, 10:47 PM
bigviclbi, I couldn't agree more.

bigviclbi
03-10-2005, 11:11 PM
Mottster I have a house that the excavator must have broken a few yuccas up because they're all over the place and i'll pull them out and its a little piece of root with a new plant growing out of it. It drives me crazy!

mottster
03-11-2005, 07:40 PM
I made the mistake of pulling three large yuccas out of the front yard using my truck, just wrapped a chain around a few times then took off! not even a week later there were 5-10 smaller yuccas growing where each of the 3 large ones were! So i dabbed a little bit of Tordon RTU on the roots and they died in a few weeks. :D dont mess with ME. lol.

burgundybob
03-13-2005, 06:17 PM
this tecnique is a variation on monstter's although I'm not sure I understood all of the post.
Basically, we dig the backside and the sides out. Lay a cable in the trenched out section and attach both ends of the cable to the ball of your truck forming a loop.
Have two helpers stand on the cable one on each side to keep the cable from riding up when you pull with the truck. It's not to hard to under cut the root system in this manner.
We did it on really mature 36" clumps. Make sure your transmission is up to it! Saves a little bit of time if you don"t have your backhoe handy.

old dog
03-14-2005, 05:30 PM
this tecnique is a variation on monstter's although I'm not sure I understood all of the post.
Basically, we dig the backside and the sides out. Lay a cable in the trenched out section and attach both ends of the cable to the ball of your truck forming a loop.
Have two helpers stand on the cable one on each side to keep the cable from riding up when you pull with the truck. It's not to hard to under cut the root system in this manner.
We did it on really mature 36" clumps. Make sure your transmission is up to it! Saves a little bit of time if you don"t have your backhoe handy.
I pay workmans comp and would not want to do this.Standing next to a cable or
chain is cruising for a bruising!!!

spoolinaround
03-16-2005, 12:51 AM
I just pull them out with my 9k winch and a section of small chain

Coumbe
09-27-2010, 12:00 PM
I use a large spoon.