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Removing shrubs

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Grubbworm, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. Grubbworm

    Grubbworm LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Anybody know any efficient ways to pull out old yews and junipers? I usually tackle these old tough shrubs with my Toro Dingo and a "spade" type attachment (a V shape "bucket" that is about 2 feet long and has a 12" toothed face to dig). I can did around them easily but the Dingo doesn't have enough power to just un-earth them. Still have to use loppers, hand dig a little, maybe a spade bar & maybe an axe. Just a long dirty exhausting job. Anybody know any tricks? Car jack & chain? or ????
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    I sometimes use a sawzall if I don't feel like digging. I can just push it into the loose soil & cut. I've also dug around the base & pulled one out w/ the truck though.
  3. rider

    rider LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 152

    treefeeder, inject a couple of hundred gallons into the ground, chain to dingo bucket, they will come right out, we also use this technique to straighten trees and not break roots
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    We like to use our pallet forks to get under the shrubs and lift them out. We sometimes have to take loppers and cut some roots but for the most part it pulls them up.

    Altough junipers can be nasty to get out if they are old and established. They are like tree trunks and we wind up chainsawing them off and working around them or ripping them out with a backhoe.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    We wrap a strap around them and yank them with the truck or tractor. No digging necessary...they come right out. We have used a come-along in places we don't have access. Occasionally though, you do have to use the ol' dig and chop method. This is where a mattock is handy. The ultimate handtool for this type of thing.
  6. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    get a 10 thousand pound pull winch it does wonders , roots an all sometimes needs a little pick action buy they put right out!!
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    I'm not sure if the advice being given here is very sound. I don't and won't pull out shrubs like the way your saying here. We cut them off and dig around the stump and bust roots with an axe and pull them out. Pulling out stumps sounds good until you tear up the foundation, electrical lines, water lines, sewer lines, or something worse. Roots can grow 8' or more from the plant wrapping themselves around all of the above and ripping them out may do alot of damage. I would rather be safe than sorry.
  8. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    Try this..I know it will work. Attach a rope or chain around the bottom of the plant(if you can go under a few roots it will help). Place an automotive wheel(or wheel and tire) next to the plant situated under the tow rope. Now, when you pull it out with your dingo, it will direct the force up instead of laterally. I've used this method to uproot very large trees with tractors.
  9. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    4 in 1 bucket?? Ummm, just grab and pull. I can't believe I'm hearing all this tie a rope to your truck stuff. Definitely not sound advise. :rolleyes:
  10. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    I do it the same way better be safe then sorry!!!

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