03-07-2011 06:51 PM
what's involved with getting rid of small tress or shrubs, so I can replace it with something else. (recently purchased property, and I do not like any of the plants currently living in the yards.)
what are some tools that I'll need to take out the roots that may be fairly large? I'm a complete newb when it comes to this new endeavor into yardwork.
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03-07-2011 08:30 PM - edited 03-07-2011 08:32 PM
Welcome to The Home Depot Community where we share ideas and information. I'm sure there are subjects you can help others solve as well. I sure enjoy yards more than a garden gnome. So let's get to addressing your plant questions.
Most of what you will need for removing small trees and shubs are as follows:
Shovel: no use on getting a cheap one, remember, you will use this for years to come.
Water hose: this is not only for watering, but for also to loosen the soil around the roots.
Trash bags/cans: the old vegetation has to go somewhere.
Saw: a cutting tool is necessary to cut the trees and shubs into smaller pieces.
Ok now that we have the tools, first start by digging a hole next to your first tree and placing the hose with water running in the first hole. While the first hole is getting filled with water, begin digging the second hole. This will get the soil very loose and removing the shrubs will be a bit messy, but very easy. The water will erode the soil that holds the trees/shubs in place. When you are done with removing these plants, it's time to chop up the branches with the saw and put them in the bags/cans.
At the conclusion of your removal, you might want to replant as soon as possible. I would recommend you plan out your new yard before removing the old one.
If you post some pictures I'm sure we can come up with some great ideas to have the yard of your dreams.
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