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Asked by
Graeme Walker on
July 22, 2018
Basildon

Q. I live in Basildon. I have bushes that I need to remove from the ground. What should I do?

I don’t know the genus of the bush and would like to know how I can remove the ones that are right up to my windows. Deep roots, hardy, but need trimming back as they make a great boundary to my property. Footnote: I’m trying to get 4 metres clearance between the windows and the bushes, please advise.

Many thanks G&T

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 23, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

I believe that if you prune them back, then they will quickly regain control, and likely become harder to control. I would recommend digging everything out, completely. Some of this may be able to be done with a shovel, but you may find yourself needing some heavy equipment. You will have to contact someone in your country that can remove shrubs for anything that you can't remove yourself.

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Asked by
johndwitiak on
August 3, 2018
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Answered by
drtreelove on
August 3, 2018
A.

It is difficult to offer suggestions without a photo and more information. Some splitting of tree bark occurs from frost cracks or drying, some are structural defects that allow splitting apart of two co-dominant stems. Some are so severe that they cannot be saved, some are repairable.
Assuming that you have a mimosa tree with co-dominant stems that have started to split apart under over-burdened weight of foliage and rainwater load: you may be able to prevent further splitting by pruning both sides to reduce weight and wind resistance. In combination with pruning for weight reduction, you can install a cable support between the two sides. If it's a large tree this may be best done by a tree service.
Sometimes we bolt the two split sides together through the split, again it should be done in combination with pruning and cabling. There is no way to weld the two split surfaces together, just holding them from further splitting is the best you can hope for.

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Asked by
Thackray82 on
August 8, 2018
Leeds

Q. Hedge growth

Hedge is dead looking at the bottom and has large brown patches, is it still alive??
In parts it has had ivy crawling up it
Is there anything I can do to bring it back to life?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
August 8, 2018
A.

It looks to be a juniper hedge. If I'm correct, then I'm not optimistic about returning it to its former glory. Juniper does not break new stems on old wood that has stopped producing leaves. Trimming junipers (and many other hedge plants) with shears results in dense growth at the tip of branches which blocks sunlight to the interior. Without sunlight, those interior branches die. Creating some openings for light is crucial which means pruning, not just tip shearing

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Asked by
roro303 on
August 16, 2018
Toms River, NJ 08757-4117

Q. of three plants only two look ok -one is almost dead-is there neutriunt or anything to revive it.

The two bushes that look healthy are very small compared to other years when they were very large. Never got many flowers. After reading pruning instructions I now know I did not prune properly although they came back every year except this year. Thanks for any helpful advice.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 20, 2018
Certified Expert
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We did not receive any images and we would need the type of shrubs that you are having issues with.

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Asked by
Wes Evans on
August 29, 2018
Geneva, Florida

Q. how do I kill remove an earpod tree

I have an earpod tree that has become very invasive with many off shoots coming up all over.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 29, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

No matter how you go about this, there is hardly an easy option. Invasive trees are very hard to get rid of, and are usually blacklisted. Unfortunately, they still make their way into unwanted places.

These two articles will give you a good starting point to getting rid of this pest tree: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/weed-trees.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-kill-a-tree-killing-trees-in-your-garden.htm

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Asked by
sheila305 on
September 3, 2018
34293

Q. Does anyone know what the nubs are that grow from the trunk of the tree? Can they be planted as babies?

In the past we have tried cutting them off and planting them but no luck. Should we be cutting them off?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 3, 2018
Certified Expert
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Can you include a photo? This will help me to see what you are referring to.

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Asked by
Raymond Fulcher on
September 10, 2018
Norfolk

Q. What is the best time to move established shrubs

I need to make more room in the garden can only do it by moving shrubs

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 10, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Some shrubs move better in spring, and some in fall. It really will depend on the type of shrub. This article will give you more information on moving an established shrub: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/transplanting-trees.htm

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