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the best way to remove a bed of pachysandra

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by gatorcars, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. gatorcars

    gatorcars LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I am new to landscaping and with the economy as it is can't really afford to hire a professional. I have a rather large bed of Pachysandra which i would like to remove and replace with something a bit more clean looking that would also brighten up the front of my home. I live in a suburb in New Jersery the area around the bed gets very little shade. If someone could give me some advice i would greatly appreciate it.
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    The cheap way is with a shovel. The professional way is with a tractor or skidsteer. You could put an ad in the paper for free pachysandra. That stuff is expensive by the flat. They may dig it out for you.
  3. A-Land

    A-Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 856

    Yeah, unless you want to get into some heavy herbicides for that, the best way to get rid of it is to dig it out. And the suggestion of maybe having somebody come and dig it up for you if they want it is also a good one, it is much more expensive than an invasive plant that spreads everywhere should be.

    Digging it out is the only real way to prevent it from coming up, but expect to see stalks of it popping up for a while no matter what you do.
  4. krider

    krider LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    This is what we use to remove Pachysandra.

  5. gatorcars

    gatorcars LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    thanks a lot guys, by the way any ideas about what i could replace the pachysandra with?
  6. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    Pics of the front yard and house would help. Also, which direction does the front of your house face.
  7. terraman21

    terraman21 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 60

    which direction as well will help north south... you know what i mean
  8. gatorcars

    gatorcars LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    i am going to try to get some pictures for you guys tomorrow but the front of the house faces west.
  9. gatorcars

    gatorcars LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    also when do you guys think is the soonest time i can begin this project?
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    depends on how much of a mess your willing to make. If you want the lowest inpact around your work site i suggest you wait till early summer when things have dried out and hardened up a bit. If you do it in the spring with equipment then you could make a mess with the machine tires digging in the muddy ground. If your going to hand dig it then have at it right away ans long as the frost is gone.

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