how to remove hedges near a house
So you want to replace those old glass sliders with French doors to add more beauty and energy efficiency to your home. But, there's just one thing standing, or rather planted, in your way -- those big, thick hedges. If you do put in French doors, you'll be left with an obstructed view because the hedges planted near your home will be a visual impediment. Well, if you know how to remove hedges near a house, you can free-up both visual and useful space without causing any damage to the exterior of your home.

How to Remove Hedges Near a House

If you're a bit handy and have taken on a few landscaping and/or home improvement projects, like converting a den into a bedroom, you're ready to tackle those obstructive and obtrusive hedges. What you should absolutely avoid is unintentionally doing damage to your home's exterior and/or to accidentally damage buried plumbing lines and other utilities. The reason hedges are planted near a home are to form a fence-like barrier and to add a landscaping feature.

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

Unfortunately, hedges, which are closely grown bushes or shrubs, can be quite difficult to cut down and uproot. Because of their tight proximity to one another, it can present a real challenge to cut them down without excessive labor. Here's a step-by-step guide to follow for how to remove hedges near a house:

  • Call 8-1-1 before you begin. You should 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, which can be very time-consuming, problematic, and costly to fix.
  • Cut deep into the top of the hedgerow. Use an electric, gas hedge trimmer, or chainsaw to cut deep into the top of the hedgerow. If you are using an electric hedge trimmer, you'll have to work in sections, going from top to bottom. Continue to cut down until only the trunks are exposed.
  • Remove the cut hedge debris from the area. Clear the hedge debris from the area so you have plenty of room to work to remove the trunks and roots of the shrubs or bushes. Do not leave the hedge debris near the area you're working in because it will present a tripping hazard.
  • Dig into the ground, around the base of the roots. Use a spade shovel to dig into the ground, around each of the separate bush or shrub trunks. You should dig up enough dirt to expose most or all of the roots of each bush.
  • 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.

After you've dug-up all those hedges, you'll need to dispose of them. To get rid of those hedges easily, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We'll come out to your place to pickup and haul away all that yard debris; plus, we'll also haul away any other junk garbage you might have and want to get off your property.

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