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What you need:
  • Loppers
  • Shovel
Occasionally it is necessary to completely remove a shrub. Start by trimming off all the foliage and branches using loppers.
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Dig a trench around the shrub's crown. The depth required depends on how far the roots penetrate the surrounding soil. Usually 1-2' is deep enough.
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Once the trench is dug, wedge your shovel under the root ball and pry it from the ground. Recruit a helper when lifting a larger shrub.
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Shake off as much soil as possible and dispose of the roots. If you plan to add the roots and foliage to your compost pile, run them through a chipper first to speed decomposition.