How do you remove large shrubs?
I have 4 Burning bushes and a large privet hedge that were all planted when my house was built about 40 years ago. I've finally decided to go ahead and get them out and replace them with natives. How does a person tackle this job? The Burning Bushes are against the house and on either side of two beautiful dogwoods. The actual trunks/stumps of the bushes are only about 4' apart. Can I get the burning bushes out without damaging the dogwood root systems? Do I have to get the roots out, or can I cut it off at ground level and treat the stump with some chemical? The privet is planted at the base of a 3-4 foot mound , out of which is growing a spectacular locus and some evergreen shrubs that I haven't yet identified. The privet I have cut back before and it comes back with a vengence. Any suggestions would be appreciated.