how do i remove bushes

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by grass disaster, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    i got word to remove a row of hedges today.

    not sure how to get this done.

    he wants gass planted in their place.

    they are not very big. probably about a icecream pail(little bigger) base of smaller size branches at the bottom and about 4ft. tall

    am i going to need a stump grinder? i hope not

    probablyt about 30 of them and 60-70 ft long

    oh and i guess what should i charge. never done this kind of work before.
     
  2. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
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    Get a long tow strap or hook two straps together, wrap around base of bush, attach end to trailer hitch, get in truck, pull forward slowly.

    Older, mature bushes require a firm pull. Get a running start with the truck and keep people away, never use cable or chain, fabric strap works wonders.
     
  3. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    my dad has a tractor with a 3 point hitch on it would this work??

    not a very large tractor but it pulls out fence posts fine.
     
  4. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    although the truck method works it looks very un professional.... just use an axe and shovel and dig them out if thats the tools u have... sometimes when the bushes are in a row like a fence then once you break the main root on one and dig it out the other ones just get easier
     
  5. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
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    :weightlifter: :clapping: :drinkup:
     
  6. mexiking

    mexiking LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    might look more unprofessional but sure as hell reduces the labor...
     
  7. frankie lee

    frankie lee LawnSite Member
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    a come-along works well too
     
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The truck thing does look a little unprofessional, but it is easy. The tractor you mentioned would also work. I guess if you are really ambitious, you could dig them by hand.
     
  9. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    how much would u charge for this
     
  10. wski4fun

    wski4fun LawnSite Senior Member
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    Call someone with a bobcat and a chipper and see how much. mark up 20% figure in you're time to reseed and call it a day. With stuff like this, since I work by myself, I try to make the money off of other people. You will be getting paid to supervise and to finish the job. Sorry I can't give a hard number but think subbing it out will work in your favor.
     

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