How to get rid of 2 big trees/shrubs?

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Old 08-21-12, 12:38 PM
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How to get rid of 2 big trees/shrubs?

So I have these 2 shrubs I was thinking about getting rid of myself... but I don't know if its really something that is DIY friendly. I always like to save money by DIY'ing, but is this a DIY project? Thank you.
 
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I would have no problem taking that out. Fun is hooking a chain around it with the other end on the trailer hitch of a pickup truck but I'm not sure I'd do that here, big as it is and close to the house. I think I'd cut it off low enough to get the branches out of the way and then dig out the roots some, cut off the big ones and then pull it out.
 
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Old 08-21-12, 03:41 PM
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lol, that sounds like quite the job... I do have a 4x4 truck to use but I must say I never tried anything liek this before.
 
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Well...if you really want to have fun....rent a Bobcat for a few hours. Do a bit of trimming and digging...then chain around the roots and pull it out with the Bobcat bucket.
 
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Is that pricewise a good idea? About what should I expect to pay a tree service to come out to rip one or both out?
 
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Old 08-21-12, 05:23 PM
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Actually....a landscaping company would prob be better...though they may do both. I rented a Bobcat on a late Sat afternoon, returned it Mon morn and it was about $150. Ok few years ago..prob more now. If you plan all your projects at once it might be worth it. Any flower beds you want to build or remove?
 
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We want to totally redo the front yard at some point, but before that is the floors, bathroom and probably other things too.
 
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The biggest problem is getting rid of the bushes after you cut or otherwise get them out of the ground. I would use loppers on the smaller branches and then move up to a reciprocating saw, electric chain saw or a small circular saw blade on an angle grinder for the larger branches and trunk where it comes out of the ground. Be sure to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) such as a face shield and hearing protection when using power tools.

Even if you have municipal yard waste pick-up two bushes that size will probably fill the bins several times. If you have a pick-up truck you might find a yard waste recycler that will take them for a minimum charge.
 
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what would I expect to pay a tree service business to rip these out?
 
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I would guess a couple of hundred dollars. The biggest cost with that is their minimum charge for just bringing a truck, crew and chipper with trailer. Probably wouldn't take them 15 minutes but they would probably not remove the roots. Most have free estimates so give a few a call.
 
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Bushes

Cut the bushes about three feet above the ground. Pull each trunk individually. Use low range on your 4x4 to reduce the strain on your transmission. Good luck with your project.

A tree service would cut the bushes and use a stump grinder to remove the roots.
 
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