Removing hedges

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

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds good. I could be in and out in 1.5 myself.
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  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    While I agree with what you're saying, he's digging out some shrubs, not putting in a new foundation. If you're planning to use a hand shovel, you don't need to call them.
  3. MnGreen

    MnGreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just pulled out (4) 4' evergreen type shrubs from the ex wife's last week.
    Dug around trunk area, wrapped med duty chains around the base, and watered each one for 15 minutes.

    Used a7g lb rated pull strap hooked to the chains and was a easy pull with 4wd high.

    ** she got a bit piffed over 4 shrubs laying in her front yard and called me with attitude.
    Told her to back off before I bill her $200 seeing the b friend couldn't figure it out for her.
    But I'd swing buy and pick up the shrubs and discard them for another 75 0r $275 total.

    " oh that's ok, thank you for doing that" (lol)
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you ever have to remove shrub stumps already cut to the ground I got a large hook from a buddy with a tow company. Drive it in under the roots and pull. I love my winch with remote control. Slow smooth pull and I can be out of the snapback zone.
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  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't like folks suggesting I break the law so if you don't
    want me to call that simply means I will not do the job.
    Last edited: May 23, 2011

    BROWNS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
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    do you think my gravely 44 ZTR would be a good enough base to work a winch from?

    i currently have two customers asking about stump removal. if i could hook a little DC operated winch to the gravely (830 lbs) that would give me access i need that my truck cannot...
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    No...800 pounds is nothing when pulling a stump...even a small one. I have a 8000 k warn on my yota and even small shrubs will drag it sometimes.
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    BROWNS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks, that's kinda what i was thinking after i posted...
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    Running a chain saw below ground, don't do that!

    I do a lot of this type of work. The exact approach depends on just how big they are and what type of shrub they are. If it's 5 plants and only a 12 foot long row they don't sound like they're all that big. What I do is cut them down leaving 2 or 3 feet of stump to use as a lever and to have something to put a rope/chain/cable on. Then I go around them with a mattock/grub axe/pick axe and/or a cheap sacrificial axe a little ways out from the stump and cut some of the roots until I can get the stump to start moving. If necessary I'll use a shovel too of course. I have one shovel that I keep sharpened along the bottom edge and a few inches up the sides. Once you can get the stump to move at all you can see where it's still holding on and cut those roots. I might then just continue by hand or use a come-along anchored to something solid like a large tree. I usually try to keep my truck out of it....I've seen some pretty crazy things happen using a vehicle to pull stumps. For the really big ones I'll use my tractor with backhoe and front-end loader, but most of the time it's more bother than it's worth.

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