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Creeping juniper

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Dix, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. Dix

    Dix LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I have been asked to remove a well established bed of creeping juniper. They want to replace it with grass. (The soil is a sandy loam). I have never tried to remove any and would like suggestions on the best way to remove it.
    The bed is 10' X 101'. Would also like to know the approx. time it would take for the removal.
    Thanks!
     
  2. BW4486

    BW4486 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 244

    If possible rent a bobcat or something and pull them out ....
     
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Are these blue rug junipers? If so, a shovel will pop them out quite easily. A minute or two per plant.
     
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    It really depends on how mature the bed is. If it is established, with root systems/plants intertwined, that job will be a bastard. I would say nearly impossible to do by hand. Find one single plant, lift up the stems to see how far they travel. If they are mixed in with others, get a machine.

    I can see a minute or 2 for plants planted the day before, but for anything established, it will be a nightmare.
     
  5. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,654

    Uh huh... for a 1000 s.f. bed of this stuff the bobcat may be in order. I don't know what the spacing is on these junipers, but lets say at 5' apart you could be looking at fifty of these guys stuck into the ground. Ugh, that's too much for my ol' back.
     
  6. BW4486

    BW4486 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 244

    My point exactly
     

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