How much would you guys charge to remove 7 Yew shrubs approx. 4' high? And what is the best way to get them out?
Do you dig out the trunk or would you use a stump grinder? Thanks for your input.
My experience with removal of with the removal of yews has been a pain. I had three to remove at one location and hooked a chain up to my JD950 4wd tractor with a downhill pull and couldn't budge the suckers. I just cut them of flush at grade and left the stumps---no need to remove them as I built an at grade deck where they were located. They must have an extensive root system and are diffiicult to pull or dig out unless you have a backhoe. I would cut them and grind the stumps in your situation
Last week I just removed 17 junipers (about 6 feet tall and 3 feet round), 5 crimson barb berry's (5 gallon bucket size), and 12 yews (also 5 gallon bucket size), the lady I removed them for wanted mums planted in their place. I dug around them with a spade in a circle about the drip line then used a 4x4 S-10 truck to easily pull them out. Once on the ground I took the spade and cut a few of the remaining roots.
Earlier in the season I removed some shrubs that were the size of a VW Bug. These I had to dig out around them and cut the roots with a chain saw. After that they also pulled out very easy.
You could cut them off at the ground, but it makes for a nicer job to remove the stumps in case you ever wanted to replant something else there.
I made about $40/hour for both of these jobs. But don't be mislead it's still hard work.
Stone wrote about a truck rim. This is to put next to the shrub and place your chain over the top of the rim. In theory it gives you more of an upward pull. I have never tried this but I've heard plenty of people swear by it.
most of the time when i am removing old shrubs it is to replace them with new modern landscaping so digging out the roots are a must. It probly one of the hardest things to do but it has to be done and i charge well for it.