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I need to dig out some 25 year old shrubs - forsythia, Hypericum gold cup and escallonia. They have been kept well trimmed to 3 feet tall, but they are pretty well rooted and I have heavy clay soil. I would welcome advice.



A full sized garden fork and a lot of elbow grease, I'm afraid. Shouldn't be too difficult if they're only 3 feet high, the root spread will have been restricted by the topgrowth restriction.

2 Sep, 2010


If you cannot do it yourself, get someone who knows what they are doing. Take out a trench at one end, deep enough to dig under the roots with a fork. Work away the soil until it's free, if the shrubs are in a row continue with the next one.

2 Sep, 2010


Thanks. I might start in the good weather today and see how it goes.

2 Sep, 2010

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