Removing azalea's?pleases help

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Bower's, Aug 20, 2001.

  1. Bower's

    Bower's LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    :blob2: I tried searching with no results so here goes. A Customer wants me to remove 4 large azaleas around 4ftx4ft. Was wondering what it takes to rip these out i am a beginner with no skid steer can this be done by hand? any tips would be greatly appreciated. Plus how do i price this? Please help. Thanks in advance 4 any help.
  2. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    ripping them out is not a problem- are they living and healthy now? if they are you can dig them and sell em off later at a nice profit. - otherwise get a good shovel, a pick and start digging around the roots. if you wanna do this fast- get a strong rope and put it from your truck to the base of the plant- if you cant get right at the plant then use a block if you have one. but for the most part your cheapest way to do it is just with a shovel and pick- wont hurt to bring a set of good loppers and a hand saw with you. by the way- nice thing about azaleas is- you can cut em down to the base and they grow back in a year or two.
  3. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Generally shallow-rooted, should be in and out with just a shovel in less than 15 minutes.
  4. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Get a good spade shovel,dig around the plant, then start going down and try popping them up.They are not to hard to work with.Dont prune to much off , you can use that to pull up with.I dug trees for three long years, my three cents. good luck:D
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    ive "ripped" out azaelas about the size u describe, shovel and back, didnt use much care either, transplanted them in my own yard, still living four yrs later
  6. Bower's

    Bower's LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    thanx alot for all the input, you guys and gals on here are great!:)

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