Miscanthus giganteus removal
Hello all -
Twelve years or so ago I planted a hedge of M. giganteus about thirty feet long directly under my telephone and cable lines that run overhead parallel along the side of the street.
It has served its purpose well, but I want to replace it with something different, and wonder what the best method of removal would be. Best method meaning it won't cost me lots of money and won't leave gaping holes in the ground when the grass is gone. I am able to do the work.
My problem with this project is that as much as I would like to burn it down (it is ok here with permission) to clean up the area initially, it is growing directly under utility lines. When it got growing this spring I was going to treat it with roundup. I would like to leave the root system of the grass in the ground so the ground isn't disturbed.
The plan was to use my chainsaw to saw it down, I've done it before but my chainsaw is older now and gets gummed up and doesn't work - Machete are very slow and there has to be a better smarter way to do this. This is a large biomass! I have tried stomping, yanking, hand clipping, swearing and nothing has worked to my satisfaction.
Does anyone have good problem solving skills out there? Are there any methods of removal - I really don't care how long the process takes - within reason - to get rid of Giant Miscanthus? Thanks for any help.