2 Cut through thick branches deep inside of the shrub with a chainsaw. rob has the right idea if you can get your truck to them. Shrub removal is made necessary due to safety concerns or to enhance the appearance and accessibility of your property. Continue cutting away at the bush until you have just a few inches of stems poking through the ground. Before shaping the shrub, make sure you remove all of the dead or damaged sections of the plant. They're over 5 feet tall, and the main stalks are 4-5 inches in diameter. Removing Shrubs and Bushes. First cut one half of all the large branches. then take an axe or pick to the roots on the back side. We had quite a few that were touching the roof of the house or spilling over onto the neighbors driveway, so we decided to get rid of the bushes … Also remove any dead branches at this time as well as plant debris that accumulates in the center of the shrubs. The average estimate to remove shrubs is area-specific. You can do this with hand pruners or shears. boxwoods are fairly easy to remove. Since you are maintaining gardens professionally, you may want to look at The Boxwood Handbook, Third Edition by Lynn R. Batdorf. Big boxwoods like that can be very valuable, sometimes it’s worth calling a local nursery to see if they will come remove them for free to sell them later. them pull again. i used this method to remove a 20-25 ft silver maple. Most types grow slowly, so one pruning a year keeps them in bounds. Boxwoods are hardy, durable shrubs. You can remove dead wood at any time. I have kept them trimmed neatly, but they're just too big to look nice (and they're almost blocking a couple of windows). The cost of the removal solely depends on the charges of the individual or company that removes the shrub. There are 3 *huge* boxwood shrubs in front of my house, and I think they need to go. The size, difficulty of removal, disposal and soil replacement figure into the average cost. Remove Bushes and Stumps the Easy Way With a Farm Jack (AKA Hi-Lift Jack): We recently bought a 100 year old house, and the previous owners loved unruly bushes and trees. 3 Dig around base of shrub with pointed shovel. These plants only have leaves on the outer 6-8 inches, so I can't just trim them down and make them look nice. If your boxwood has become overgrown, all you'll need is a pair of sharp, clean pruning shears or loppers. Believe me, trying to hack a large chunk of the bush away will only leave you yanking and straining to pry it free from the twisted web of branches. In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to clear large shrubs. repeat with the tension and axe if the they are very large or the soil is compacted. Steps: 1 Use bypass loppers to cut away smaller branches around outer portion of shrub. Could be worth a shot if you have any other large, mature plants you need to get rid of later! 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