I would like to know how to permanently remove a rather large Ninebark bush from my back yard. The base is roughly 1 meter across, and the bush is getting close to 3 meters tall. It is in the middle of my back lawn, and I really do not like it. I want to grow a Maple in the back yard instead. I really appreciate any answers.
Following are the steps to remove a large shrub:
- It is easier to dig when the soil is fairly dry.
- Assemble the tools you will need: secateurs, loppers, pruning saw, spade with pointed tip.
- Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing – gloves and boots or closed-toe shoes
- With the secateurs and loppers, if needed for thick branches, cut back the shrub to expose the stump.
- Dig a trench around the stump to expose the root ball.
- Using the spade and the loppers and/or pruning saw to cut through the main roots, pull out the root ball.
- Remove as much of the root mass as you can to make space for subsequent planting. Incorporate compost or well-rotted manure into the hole to benefit the next plant.
Thank you for your question and good luck with the removal.