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Old 05-26-2013, 01:11 PM
tallmike tallmike is offline
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Join Date: May 2013
Location: Menifee, CA
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Originally Posted by toasted View Post
I usually use a Ventrac tractor and chain to pull large shrubs and bushes out by the roots and load them into my dump trailer and dispose of them. In NY the dump takes them for free; CA may be similar.
Yeah, there are places here in CA that take yard debris for free. Now I need a trailer...

Originally Posted by Currier View Post
Chainsaw. Or if at all possible rip them out with a chain ands truck.
I don't have a chainsaw, but what if I were to use the Pole saw attachment for the Stihl Kombi? I'm needing to purchase one anyways for other things around the house, so I already have a need for it. Would that be suitable for cutting into the shrubs/bushes?

Originally Posted by Snyder's Lawn Inc View Post
If you want to pull them out get you a 16'' or 20'' steel wheel rim Get log chain wrap around the shrub lay chain over the rim and push the rim as close to the shrub Hook the chain to your truck in low side slowly pull the shrub out
Ok, so are you saying I should do that without cutting them down first?

Originally Posted by windflower View Post
Depending on the size of the shrubs the saw blade is a good choice. Anything over 2 inches in diameter get a chain saw. You can use the loop handle with the saw. It takes a bit of practice to avoid the blade jamming in the cut or over heating and getting dull. May want to get two blades first time. As for your back try sliding the handle closer to the power head so you don't have to bend over to reach the fool thing. I like to rotate it counter clockwise a bit for a more comfortable grip with my left hand. Unless you want to plant where the old shrubs were I would leave the stump & roots there. Paint them with glyphosate or most weed killers straight from the bottle (don't dilute them) and that will kill the stump in most cases.
Some are about 3-4 inches diameter at the base. Isn't it dangerous to use a saw blade on a trimmer with a loop handle? It's got the small plastic barrier bar, but everything I've read says that I shouldn't do it, and the fact that I'm doing a majority of this on a steep hill doesn't make it any more comfortable for me.

I do plan on planting stuff where the old roots are. My wife wants palm trees and other tropical sorts of plants around the property.

Originally Posted by ztman View Post
If you dig them out or yank them out, don't forget to call 811 to have your utility lines marked. Don't want to hit gas, water or electric lines when you are doing the weekend warrior thing
Yeah, most of these are in the back of the house on a hillside, but good tip about calling 811. The previous owners here had about 10 trees cut down on the side of the house where the electrical/water come in. At some point I plan on renting a stump grinder and getting them out, so I'll call 811 when that time comes.
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