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Removing hedges

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Roachy, May 21, 2011.

  1. Roachy

    Roachy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 125

    I have a job where a lady wants about 5 large hedge plants removed. The hedge row is about 12ft long. I wasnt sure if I could just cut them below the ground level with a chain saw and just pour some concentrate roundup on the stumps, or if I needed to actually remove the roots. Also, what is a good price range for something like this.
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    Do you have access to a winch?
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  3. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    Cut the BOTTOM branches, chain them to your hitch and pull.

    $70 each, $50 extra (total) to bring in more backfill if you can't level the existing soil.

    She'll think you're a god.
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,928

    Pull carefully so you can cut the roots as you pull. Try not to rip out irrigation if in place. I have a bumper mounted winch. Worth every penny. Especially when a Z craps out and has to loaded on the trailer.
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  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    You don't want to leave the stump. Get the root ball out and the small roots with decompose into the soil. Just dig around them, hook a chain up to the truck and start tugging on them. If they don't come out, dig some more and cut the roots. They'll come right out.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Before you dig call Miss Utility, it's the law!
    You hit a power main I don't think a puny irrigation pipe is going to be of concern, you'll be dead instantly although granted
    that may be what some folks want during hard times, I don't know but there's also like a thousand dollar fine associated.

    Failure to call Miss Utility can and will result in serious headaches!
    The more the homeowner insists that there's nothing there, the bigger the headache.
    Purposefully not making the call is a crime.

    Oh, one more thing...
    You can't cut below ground level with a chainsaw.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,928

    You mean its not a mini trencher?
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  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,897

    chain it to your truck and pull...that's what 4 wheel drive is for :)
  9. Roachy

    Roachy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 125

    Good info guys. Im probably going to ask her if she wants to plant anything in replace of these bushes and then give her a price for leaving the roots and a price for removing them.
    Do you guys think $350 is about right for removing 5 large bushes and roots?
  10. tuffram

    tuffram LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 430

    Use a piece of thick cable 2 to 3 feet long to wrap around the shrubs. Make a choker out of it and hook the chain to the cable when you pull it tight it will tighten down on the shrub like a noose and wont slip off the shrub and hit the back of your truck.

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