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Subject: permanently removing bushes ?
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 8:30 AM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2006
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I'm just learning to garden and take care of our landscaping, so there is just so much I don't know. I thought this would be a good forum for posting a ? for someone who has more knowledge than me. :o)

On the shaded side of our house the former owners planted some holly and other bushes. They were all too close to the house, and growing straggly because of lack of sunlight. So yesterday we cut them all down and today we plan to dig up what's left...stumps, roots, etc. 

Elsewhere in the yard where I removed a couple bushes, the darn things are just growing back. What can I do to keep these bushes from starting to grow back, but still be able to plant other things there?

This fall, I want to plant some hosta where these ugly bushes used to be.

Any advice would be appreciated!!

Juli

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2005
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The only way that we got rid of our cherry bushes was to rent a grinder to eat up the roots.  A few of them did come back, but we got most of them out. 

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 12:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2006
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I have a feeling that getting rid of this holly is going to be an ongoing battle for awhile. :o) But at least the huge straggly bushes are out.....they looked absolutely terrible!  We'll just keep digging out what comes back and remove as many of the roots as we find.

Thanks for the advice!!

Juli