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How to remove [trim] tree [one bush] around [near not around] house

How to remove [trim] tree [one bush] around [near not around] house

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Old 04-27-13, 08:35 AM
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How to remove [trim] tree [one bush] around [near not around] house

I want to remove trees around the house. But I don't want to alarm: call the termites to it.
 

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We will need more info. Some pics would be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Here is the pictures, this is the side of the house.
 
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Old 04-28-13, 04:07 AM
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I'd just cut them down. Is the house on a slab? have the roots gotten under the slab?
 
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From the picture, it's not a tree, it's simply an overgrown holly bush.

I've got several of them around a back patio which are trimmed down to bush size,
and a pair in front of the house that I've let grow into small trees.


You could prune it back to about 1/3 current size,
you could transplant it,
you could cut it down.

If you want to transplant it, you'll need to leave a root ball about 3' around, dig down and
cut the taproot, then move it somewhere else.

If you want to prune it or cut it down,
I'd borrow a pair of pruning loppers and trim the holly bush back from the siding
leaving about 4" clearance.
Then borrow a pruning saw, and cut the center of the holly at about 1/2 height.
Then trim back all the new growth (green stalks) leaving last year's growth (tan stalks).

If it looks like a workable size bush, then let it grow in this year. Now that the inside branches get sunlight, next year you'll get leaves sprouting in the heart of the bush, trim it back again to the size you want. Finally 3rd year, use a hedge trimmer to shear it back, and you'll train the "tree" back into a correct size holly bush.

If you want to cut it down, then cut the remaining branches off, leaving a 3-4' central trunk,
sever the roots with a sharp shovel about 2' from the trunk, work the trunk around to remove the dirt from the side roots, then dig down and expose the tap root so you can sever it with a hatchet or axe.

I'd use the wood in a chimenaria or fire pit, green holly burns with pleasant vanilla or bubble-gum smell.
 
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