Ways To Deal With Overgrown Shrubs In Your Yards
Shrubs that are allowed to grow without proper regular pruning become overgrown and may ruin the balance and aesthetics of your garden. Removing these overgrown shrubs can be a laborious task if the root system is extensive. Here are several ways to deal with overgrown shrubs. Measure 20 inches from the soil and cut off all branches above that height with sharp pruning shears or a saw, depending on how thick the branches are. Cut off most of the branches that are growing directly from the trunk. Leave at least five of the branches in case you can’t dig out the shrub and need to pull it out with a vehicle. Leaving some branches gives the chain something to wrap around. Dig around the overgrown shrub’s main trunk. Cut through the root with a saw or an ax. Pull out the root if possible. If it doesn’t budge, leave it and come back to it later. Continue digging around the trunk and separating it from the roots as you uncover them. Work until the trunk is free or very loose.
Pull the main trunk out of the ground. If it doesn’t pull easily, slide the end of a lever bar under the trunk so that it is perpendicular with the trunk. Hammer the other end of the bar so that it is completely under the trunk. Pry up the stump of the shrubs by pressing down on the other end of the lever bar. Repeat the digging and cutting process with the roots that are still in the soil. You cannot remove all of the roots, because overgrown shrubs can have an extensive root system. Work to remove as many roots as possible, focusing on the largest roots. Smooth the soil over where the shrub was.