15 August 2017

5 Tips for Removing Unwanted Shrubs from Your Yard

Whether you are new to gardening or not, you know that shrubs that have been allowed to grow and are not maintained properly may become an eyesore. If you're a new home owner and you find the yard filled these kinds of shrubs, you might have an arduous task ahead of you.


People think that getting rid of that eyesore is simple. But you may need to put in a lot effort, especially if the shrub has been neglected for a long time, making the roots too deep and spread out all over your yard. To help you in keeping the aesthetics of your garden or yard in top shape, here are some tips that you may follow to make it easier to remove shrubs from your garden.

Tip #1 - Do Your Research
Okay, you might be eager to get rid of that overgrown shrub in your yard, but did you know that there is a possibility that it might be a protected species? If you find that to be true, you need to know just how you can remove the shrub and relocate it to an area approved by your city. Also, check to see if there are nests in your shrub; as you cannot remove it until the hatchlings have actually left.

Tip #2 - Get Professional Help
If the shrub is very small, it might not be too complicated and you can do the removal yourself. But if you think that it is too hard for you to handle, you might want to get some professional help. This is to ensure that there will not be any unforeseen incident. For example, you do not want to hit any utility line while removing the unwanted shrub.
Tip #3 - Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
If you are determined to take the DIY route, make sure you have the right tools and equipment. Get your pruning shears and shovel ready! For big projects, especially when you need to get the root ball, you may need to get the help of heavy machinery (provided that you know how to use them of course). This will make it easier for you compared to just using a shovel to uproot the shrub. Check out this site for mini excavator rental if you think you will be needing more than just a shovel and a wheelbarrow.

Tip #4 - Get the Root 
Simply pruning the leaves and branches will not get rid of the problem. If you don’t plan to regularly maintain the shrub, it would be better to uproot it. Make sure that you find out just how extensive the root system is, as in cases of plants being left alone for years, it might be too deep or too spread out.

Tip #5 - See If Anyone Would Be Interested in It
It may seem like an eyesore to you, but other people might actually want to have the shrub for other purposes, or they may actually have the time to maintain like you cannot. This would be better for the environment and you won’t need to throw out the shrub.

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