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bush removal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenback, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. greenback

    greenback LawnSite Member
    from L.I.
    Messages: 175

    what do you guys feel is the best way to remove bushes. besides digging them out with a shovel. i have a few small bushes i want to remove. i forget the name of them but the are very close to the ground(about 12 inches high) but are about 3 feet wide, some sort of pine, very stubborn on coming out. i was thinking about renting something but not quite sure what to go for. thanks
  2. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    Junipers perhaps???

    Put a chain around them and pull them out with a tractor or your truck. Or try a pick ax, all depends on the situation
  3. DiscoveryLawn

    DiscoveryLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    If they are too stubborn to dig out, I hook a chain onto the back of my truck, put it in 4 wheel drive low and pull them out effortlessly. I can pull out 20 year old, 6ft. taxus all day long at about 4 minutes each with myself and another guy.
    Don't forget to put down plywood.
  4. greenback

    greenback LawnSite Member
    from L.I.
    Messages: 175

    yeah i was thinking about just pulling them out with my truck, what is the plywood for???
  5. LawnCrafters

    LawnCrafters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I do the same, I just prefer to use a tow strap instead of a chain.
  6. greenback

    greenback LawnSite Member
    from L.I.
    Messages: 175

    i have a bunch of them in a row so i could imagine what the roots are like, probably tangled all together. its hard to explain the bushes but they are spider like. i guess i will go buy some chain and a hook.
  7. DiscoveryLawn

    DiscoveryLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    The plywood is to prevent rutting the turf
  8. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Ok not the normal answer but one way I have done it when I didn't want to have to drive on a lawn. I use 3 4*4's wrap a chain around them so they are TP like. Then use a come a long to pull them straight up. It also works great for fence posts. All depends on the situation. Its alot slower than a truck but not as messy and much less work than digging them up.
  9. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Another great idea...but when I first saw the post I thought it had something to do with getting rid of the president.
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    andora or seargent juniper? mugo pine? sounds small, pluck out with bare gloved hands , like pulling daisies

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