Updated: 23/07/2020

How to Remove Bushes

Bushes and shrubs allow for great structure to the garden or yard. Bushes that are permitted to grow asunder without the proper care and trimming can ruin the look and feel of your garden. Removing shrubs from the yard is a tedious task that takes a lot of physical labour, especially if the roots have grown thick. However, it is something that can be quickly done. You can always use a truck to remove the bushes and quicken the work, but it is time-consuming. If the bushes you want to remove are in a remote area that is not accessible by truck, you might end up spoiling the rest of your garden. 

Usually, most homeowners prefer trimming or removing the bushes and shrubs surrounding the garden around Autumn. For most evergreens, March or October is an ideal time. Removing evergreens during late Autumn can cause dryness, and with the onset of winter, it could lead to complete desiccation. 

Just pruning or removing the bushes is not enough if you don’t know how to do it. Let us look at how you can remove bushes safely without endangering your surrounding green.


How to Remove Bushes?

There are several ways you can remove the bushes surrounding your garden line. Removing the bushes is essential if the disease has caught on, or if the roots are clogging out all other shrubs and plants. The most critical thing to remember is using the correct tools. Before trying to remove your bushes, keep a chainsaw, a cordless hedge trimmer, and a garden shredder handy. These tools are invaluable during the uprooting process.

Before undertaking the task of removing the bushes, always wear protective clothing. You should don elbow length gardening gloves and long-sleeved clothing like a shirt. A pair of thick jeans or pants will help cover your legs, and sturdy shoes will ensure you don’t lose your footing. 


Removing Bushes

  1. Use a cordless hedge trimmer and shear off the branches from the bush. Decluttering and reducing the overall weight of the bush will help ease the transition into removing it. Reduce the size of the shrub gradually while feeding the green growth to a garden shredder to keep the area neat and tidy. Merely trying to uproot the bush without trimming it will be extremely difficult and might give you back aches and sprains.
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2. Use a chainsaw to saw thicker branches that are closest to the trunk. These are located towards the centre of the bush. While using the chainsaw, add protective goggles and ear defenders to protect your eyes and ears, respectively. 

3. As you go deeper into the bush, cut the trunk as close to the ground as possible. Be extremely careful while using the chainsaw as it could cause a kickback. You should stop before you reach the ground. 

4. If you plan to leave the roots in, use a sander and grind down the remaining stump and generously use a weed killer. Using the weed killer is a definite way of ensuring the stump does not catch mould and any other diseases.

5. If you plan to remove the roots entirely, use a shovel to make a trench around the stump. You should dig extremely close to the trunk and remove all the soil surrounding the roots.

6. Use a saw or a pair of loppers to cut the roots and sever them from the surrounding dirt. Cut through all the visible roots, and try pulling the rest out. If the roots are too deep, make further cuts till they come out quickly. 

7. Once done, you should continue digging till you can fit a whole shovel blade below the stump of the bush. At this point, you will need to apply force and push down on the handle of the shovel to raise the stump off the ground. If it doesn’t come out quickly, you would have to continue digging around it to loosen it completely. 

8. Remove the stump and roots entirely and fill the hole with the remaining soil. Before doing this, ensure you clear away any branches and plant material that may have remained in the ground. Smoothen out the hole and pat down to secure the soil. 

9. Repeat this process for each bush that you wish to remove.


What to do after the Bushes are Removed?

Once the bushes are removed, you should recycle all the branches, plant debris, and other material. Use a garden shredder to create mulch for the garden, so that you can reuse all the nutrients in the bush. You could also drive to the nearest recycling plant and place all the yard waste together.

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