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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by sgtm, May 31, 2004.

  1. sgtm

    sgtm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hello Guys:

    I have about 10 shrubs in the front of my house about 2.5 feet away from the foundation. The species are hollies and boxwoods, they are probably 20 years old. I had a guy tell me that I could use a bob cat and a chain to lift the shrubs. Is this an excellent idea? What are some things I should be aware of before I attempt this. It sounds better than removing each one with a shovel.

  2. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I usually use chains and my truck to pull up any dead shrubs. I have pulled out 12'arbs like that with no problems.
  3. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    Dont know what kind of hollies you are talking about, but I have found that boxwoods come up easy with a shovel. But then, if you have a bobcat, then thats surely what I would use. Just keep in mind a bobcat may give you some lawn repair work to do.

  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    I chain out shrubs all the time with a power lift, but not a skid steer like the Bobcat. Irrigation pipes and under ground wire is always a hassle. I also use a Dyno Digger Power shovel. Hollies can have wild root systems Dwarf Yupons or Ilex Schilling in particular. Be prepared to fix pipe and watch out for power lines.
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Part of the reason you had no problems was because of the shallow rooting. Arbs are probably among the shallowest rooting tree/shrubs there are. You could have probably pulled them over by hand...

    If you have forks for the skidsteer, use those, then dig underneath the shrub with the forks. The shrubs should pop up/out without too much resistance. You could use a chain, just make sure to keep the attachment on the machine low, as skidsteers are fairly prone to tipping.

    Another way that may be easier for you, if you are renting the machine, is to cut the shrubs out with a chainsaw, then grind the remaining stumps out with a stump grinder. We've done that several times in the last few months with good success.


  6. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Ya, I know. Maybe he didn't.
  7. Ice_Gargoylle

    Ice_Gargoylle LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 60

    1 sharp full metal spade should equal 1 day of work going solo. they wont be that bad to get out. holly roots cut pretty easy, boxwoods have some large roots but most of it is fine, just stick your butt into them and chop away bro.
  8. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    I use a Grapple bucket on my RC-30. Loosen it and chjeck for hoses, wires or pipes then scoop it out. about 5 seconds!
  9. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    I don't know about the others, but I sure the heck would not want to spend a full day pulling out 10 shrubs with a shovel. Do as the others suggest, skidsteer and chain.
  10. steve in Pa.

    steve in Pa. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    We just pulled out two holley's in about 15 minutes with a chain and dump truck. Some of them come out easy others don't!!!!

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