What's going to do away with Hedge Bushes in Yards?

Hedges can add privacy and attractiveness to the lawn, but eventually these bushes may need to be removed. The species may clash with the rest of the garden, or the hedge may have acute disease or insect infestations. The plants may be nearing the end of the lifespan, or are only taking up too much space. Whatever the reason, eliminating unwelcome hedge bushes is frequently a multistep procedure.

Foliar Herbicide Sprays

If the hedge bushes remain alive and you don’t want to transplant them or give them away, killing the bushes makes dispose of them easier. Bushes around 15 feet tall may be treated with a foliar herbicide spray which contains glyphosate, glyphosate together with imazapyr or triclopyr, triclopyr or 2,4-D. Leaves absorb the herbicides and spread it to the roots. The procedure can take a couple of weeks. Foliar sprays shouldn’t be used on windy days, to avoid injuring desirable vegetation nearby. Herbicides have various times of year and temperature conditions for optimum results. That information and special spraying directions are on the product tag.

Other Herbicides

Large shrubs may require a direct application of systemic herbicide like dirt application so that the roots will circulate the toxin. If the bush has thick stems, you can cut notches in the stems to enhance the absorption of herbicide. The cut component should be left attached, a procedure called frilling, as well as the herbicide should be applied immediately. A machete or ax could possibly be used to hack arbitrary notches in the stems and herbicide sprayed to the notches. Herbicides containing 2,4-D, triclopyr or picloram are effective.

Reducing and Digging

Once dead, the bush can be cut down to about 1 foot above ground level. Watering the soil around the root system makes digging the bush up easier. A trench dug around the outer region of the plant’s origins and angled toward the middle is the first measure. A sharp scoop, ax or saw may be used to lower the roots in the trench. Next, the main root ball should be freed by cutting toward and below it, severing the major roots.


Once the root ball is freed, smaller shrubs may be pulled from the ground by hand. For larger shrubs, you may think attaching a chain to the stump and pulling it with a car or using a cable and hand-operated cable puller, sometimes known as a come-along. Forcing the stump from the ground should be done gradually and carefully for safety reasons.


If you don’t need to go to the trouble of digging and pulling the stumps of this hedge bushes from the ground, then you can use a stump grinder to whittle the stump down. Stump grinders are usually available at equipment rental shops if you do not own one. Follow directions carefully and wear safety goggles and heavy gloves to avoid injury. The chips and splinters produced by grinding can be used as mulch in the garden if the hedge bush was healthful. A layer of dirt can be shoveled over the earth stump to level the region.

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