How do I dig up these impossible to dig up plants???

ms_minnamouse(7a)October 12, 2007

I have some plants to dig up, shrubs, runners from ornamental grasses, etc.

They're all really hard to dig up, I just can't get them up. I used a shovel in a 360 all around them, I used a pitch fork to try to pry them up, I used big pruning shears to try to cut through the roots but nothing will get them up.

What should I do? And adding to the problem, I'm pretty light so I always have a hard time digging.

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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Are you trying to save these plants?

If not, you can cut them to the ground with a chain saw and kill the roots with stump killer. RoundUp will take care of the grasses.

Good Luck!

Janie

    Bookmark   October 14, 2007 at 12:05AM
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calistoga_al

Well i don't think steroids would help much so how about hiring someone with more strength? I use a transplant shovel that I don;t have to worry about breaking to get under the plant and apply my weight, which is considerable. Al

    Bookmark   October 14, 2007 at 10:26AM
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ms_minnamouse(7a)

Yes, I'm trying to save these plants.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 1:16AM
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dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

A pruning saw (or any small saw) will cut through roots too thick for pruners.
A small spade will cut better with your weight on it than a large wide one (the stiletto heel principle).
Then rock the plant from side to side- and cut more roots underneath it.

How about inviting some friends round for a gardening party (a bit like a paint party when you get them to help decorate the house), and you provide the refreshments. Tell them it's a "green gym".

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 6:43AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

try sharpening your shovel also ...

20 years in the garden ... before it crossed my mind to do such ... was working on the lawnmower blades... bumped into the shovel.. said what the heck .. what a difference ...

small hatchet or ax might also help ...ken

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 9:31AM
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dampflippers(Tyne & Wear UK)

Oh, forgot to say:
Don't chop the tops too short before trying to dig out. The top bit can be useful to try to rock the plant with to loosen it.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2007 at 7:03AM
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maternut(7 west tn)

Just about everything pops out of the ground, when my 300 pounds leans on a shovel.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2007 at 6:09PM
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ms_minnamouse(7a)

Come on over to my house! I've got so many plants that need dividing if only I could get them out of the ground.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2007 at 2:23AM
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