Yucca Removal

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The Captain, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I work in the midwest, near St. Louis. One of my customers has asked me to "get rid" of 10-12 yuccas, (12"-16" dia.). Experiance from my own property tells me this will not be easy.

    Question: After digging/cutting/removal of the plant, should I use a herbicide on the soil (roots, if any) remaining in the hole, backfill, and use a double layer of weed barrier. Nothing else will be planted there and 3"-4" dia. stones cover the entire bed area. Do you think I'll have serious regrowth that I (or the homeowner) can't control with something like Roundup?

    Any other thoughts?

    Just exploring the possible solutions before I start.....

  2. Updog

    Updog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    You could do a pour of sahara if there are no other plants near by. I have used it on bamboo that wouldn't go away. Never had to remove yucca but have heard it is a beast to get rid of good luck.
  3. pcguy

    pcguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    We pulled 4 from my house in '94, the same 4 in '95, '96,'97 and so on. Good luck. Oh- and you can expect the roots to go down at least 16-24 inches.
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    LOL pour a slab of concrete over it and keep your fingers crossed
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    I've heard to cut it back, cover it with cardboard and bury it with mulch.

    Never tried it though.
  6. jimmbo407

    jimmbo407 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Prosecutor from lesco directions say to apply at 100% to roots. I would dig down deep as possibly however good luck.
  7. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    last year I pulled about 15 out. the roots were huge. I put 2 layers of barrier over them, and 4-5" of mulch. Only a few came back, and theres only one spot where every year one comes up, but there so small its easy to get out. I hate yuccas!!!!

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