How do you pull out a large plant?

Answered by Willian Lymon

To pull out a large plant, such as a shrub, you will need a few tools and a bit of physical strength. I’ll guide you through the process step by step.

1. Assess the plant: Before you begin, take a close look at the shrub and determine its size and condition. This will help you plan your approach and gather the necessary tools. If the shrub is too large or if you’re unsure about the best course of action, it might be wise to seek professional assistance.

2. Gather your tools: For this task, you’ll need bypass loppers, a chainsaw, a pointed shovel, and a garden mattock. Make sure these tools are in good working condition before starting.

3. Cut away smaller branches: Start by using bypass loppers to cut away smaller branches on the outer portion of the shrub. This will make it easier to access the thicker branches and the base of the shrub. Take your time and be mindful of your surroundings to avoid any accidents.

4. Cut through thick branches: Once you have cleared the outer branches, it’s time to tackle the thicker branches deeper inside the shrub. Use a chainsaw with a sharp blade to cut through these branches. Carefully choose your cutting points to ensure the shrub is evenly balanced and won’t topple unexpectedly.

5. Dig around the base: With the branches removed, it’s time to dig around the base of the shrub. Use a pointed shovel to loosen the soil and create a trench around the stump. Start digging a few feet away from the base and work your way inward, gradually exposing more of the root system.

6. Cut through the roots: Once you have exposed the base of the shrub and its root system, use a garden mattock to cut through the roots. Start by cutting the smaller roots and work your way up to the larger ones. Be patient and persistent, as some roots may be quite thick and require some effort to sever.

7. Pull out the stump: Once the majority of the roots have been cut, it’s time to pull out the stump. Grab onto the base of the shrub and firmly pull upwards, using your body weight and strength to extract the stump from the hole. If it doesn’t come out easily, you may need to dig deeper or cut through any remaining stubborn roots.

Remember to exercise caution throughout the process and wear protective gear, such as gloves and safety goggles. Large shrubs can be heavy and unwieldy, so it’s important to take your time and ensure your own safety. If at any point you feel unsure or overwhelmed, it’s best to seek assistance from a professional landscaper or arborist.