How to remove hedge roots

Written by owen e. richason iv
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Hedges are largely aesthetic landscaping plants that can add beauty to a home's exterior and provide a backdrop for a planter or garden. Hedges have root systems just as trees do, and they can be invasive to a garden, planter or the foundation of a home or structure. When cutting down hedges, the roots also will have to be extracted from the ground to ensure the hedge does not regenerate.

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Things you need

  • Loppers
  • Saw
  • Hatchet
  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • Sod

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  1. 1

    Cut the hedges at the base of the trunk with loppers. If the base is too large to be cut with loppers, use a saw or hatchet.

  2. 2

    Remove the hedge and begin to dig out away from the trunk by 2 to 3 feet with a shovel. Dig into the ground about 2 to 3 feet in a circle around the trunk to expose the root ball. If you encounter a thick entanglement of roots, you are digging too close to the hedge's boot. Widen the circle as necessary.

  3. 3

    Dig under the root ball to expose its underside, then pull the root ball out by the trunk. If it's too heavy or bulky, get help.

  4. 4

    Backfill the hole and lay sod over the soil, if desired. Water and fertilise the sod according to the planting instructions to grow grass.

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