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

Posted by ms_minnamouse 7b (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 12, 07 at 14:35

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

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


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

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


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

Yes, I'm trying to save these plants.


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

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".


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

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


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

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.


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

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


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

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.


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