Forsythia removal

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by noiseyvoyzey, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. noiseyvoyzey

    noiseyvoyzey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    A customer of mine as a row of forsythias 80 ft long seperating his and the neighbors property, he asked me to remove them and replace with hemlocks. The forsythias are monsters they are 2 feet wide at the base. They are about 10 feet tall. I am assuming they root structure must be pretty well developed. Anyone have any suggestions how I should handle this project? I was think about a chain and the chevy and just rip em right outta there.
  2. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    wait till the ground is soft after a rain and try that chevy chain and rip method...wish I could be there.
  3. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    Sounds like a fairly large job. Would it be possible to rent a skid steer for a day to pluck them out. Mite save your truck some abuse and reduce tearing up the yard some.
  4. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Stupm grinder maybe.
  5. noiseyvoyzey

    noiseyvoyzey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Do you think that would be cost effective? I didnt give him a qoute yet so i would be able for figure the rental into the price. Not quite sure what I should charge him.
  6. twoowls

    twoowls LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I would suggest a tow rope if your gonna do it with the chevy! I had a chain break on me and you better watch out when it snaps back, it can do some damage to the truck or anyone near. Just my experiance.
  7. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    Forsythia removal -- Dont use your truck (that has scrub written all over it).... Build an estimate and present it to the prospective customer (if you do not have the proper equipment buy or rent it).
    Good Luck

  8. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Rent a mini excavator for the day. Goes for $155 a half day here in the northeast. Factor in your time and disposal costs as well and you're good to go!

  9. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    I agree with BobR, still like to watch though. A four inch strap wrapped a few times should grip them.

    They don't have a very strong root system, I dug up 8 ten yr old forsythias by hand in about 5 hours, weak stuff.
  10. noiseyvoyzey

    noiseyvoyzey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    It does look bad, but I bet it would be fun :)

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