Help removing very old Cherry Laurel Hedge

bs412bs(8b)June 11, 2013

Hi, I've been working on my fixer-upper home and one of this summer's projects is getting rid of a huge (80' x 8' x 45' ) overgrown cherry laurel. From what I have researched this invasive plant is poisonous in many different ways and will keep coming back years after getting rid of it.

Well I want to put up a fence, plant edibles, grass and other growing things and I am worried that any remaining roots might make a come back into the garden, or contaminate the food.

Do I have anything to worry about? And if I do then how many feet of roots do I have to take out to not worry so much about this?

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Pull out the stumps if you can, so you won't have to deal with sprouting. Otherwise I wouldn't worry about them.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 12:08AM
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Haven't dealt with cherry laurels, but I haven't had anything come back after digging out roots to one foot deep, and that includes a Portugal laurel. The larger main roots may have to be dug deeper if they would interfere with your future plantings and cultivation.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 1:11AM
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