house hedge removalHouse hedge removal is a bit tricky. Sure, you want to clean up the landscape. And, you’re tired of having to mow and trim around them. But, it’s high time to get rid of them altogether. If you’re a bit handy and have taken on a few landscaping and/or home improvement projects, you’re ready to tackle those obstructive and obtrusive hedges.

How to Remove Hedges Near a House

Before you start trying to take out those house hedges, be sure that you know what you're dealing with. In other words, research and identify the species so you don't subject yourself to an allergic reaction. Also, have a plan for kids and pets because this presents a real danger.

Multifunctional hedges serve as borders around the property line, provide privacy, filter dust that blows over from the street and add formality to garden spaces. Despite their practicality, hedges require frequent maintenance to keep them looking their best, and, even with constant care, they can end up uneven, scraggly and unattractive. If you grow tired of hedge maintenance and want to get rid of the hedge, you must remove all the vegetation and kill the roots to keep plants from sprouting suckers. You can dig up the roots and plant something new in place of the hedge. --San Francisco Gate

The reason hedges are planted near a home are to form a fence-like barrier and to add a landscaping feature. Unfortunately, hedges, which are closely grown bushes or shrubs, can be quite difficult to cut down and uproot.

House Hedge Removal Guide for Darnestown Owners

Call 8-1-1 before you begin. (Never plunge a shovel into the ground around your home until you are certain that you’re not unintentionally damaging buried utility lines. You could break into the sprinkler system, cable, or other utilities.) Then, do the following:

  • Cut deep into the top of the hedgerow. Start at or near the top and cut from side to side, going downward with each pass. This will make it easier to cut until the trunks are exposed for unfettered access. (If you are able, cut straight along the bottom to speed up the process. But remember, doing so will make the tops heavier and bulkier, meaning harder to manage.) Then, remove the cut hedge debris from the area so it isn't a tripping hazard.
  • Dig into the ground, around the base of the roots. Next, you'll need to dig into the ground to find the root base so you can pull it up.
  • Excavate the root ball, then repeat the process again. When you can see most or all of each root ball, you can then dig under each one to excavate the roots of each shrub. Backfill the holes and lay sod to let it grow to blend with your yard.

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