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Old 02-14-2005, 05:30 PM
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Getting rid of saplings

I've got a job coming up in a couple of weeks where I've got to rid an area of several maple saplings, probably about an inch in diameter. Any thoughts on the best way to do so?
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Old 02-14-2005, 05:33 PM
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brush hog will take them down and cut them up.
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Old 02-14-2005, 05:42 PM
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I don't own one, and I don't really want to rent one for just a few saplings. This is not a terribly big area, maybe 30x90, and there aren't that many saplings. Probably a dozen or so. I was thinking digging a little around them, them hit them below soil line with a chain saw, then filling the soil in. Then the area gets regular mowing and fert so nothing comes back.
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Old 02-14-2005, 06:25 PM
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If you have to mow back over the area then the brush hog isn't going to work...you need to completely remove them. Your best bet...IMO...not knowing many specifics is to use a combination of shovels, pick-axes, and breaker bars. The heck with the chainsaw. Just dig around with pick-axe and then if they don't pop out with that use the breaker bar (make sure you have a sharp edge on it) with a good size lever...say a section of 6x6 or something as solid as that.
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Old 02-14-2005, 06:39 PM
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After digging around the tree i'd use a tree pruner to cut the roots, lift the thing right out of there.
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Old 02-14-2005, 06:51 PM
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Thanks, guys. I think I'll have it under control now.
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