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10/12/2007

Unfinished Work


Last weekend, I was feeling inspired to finally rid myself of the Nandina that had been driving me crazy since we first moved in our house. These plants are invasive in the worst way- plus I don't think they're all that attractive, either.

Several hours later, I had just three bushes cut down and hauled away. The ground was so hard that I finally gave up on the roots. In the above picture, you can see the gap I made in hedge on one side of the fence.

So I asked my husband for help digging up the roots. Several hours later, he used the chain saw to cut down every last bush. But the roots are still there. Meaning I can't actually plant anything.

And of course I have several plants waiting in the driveway with no place to go. Doesn't every gardener?

4 comments:

Bare Bones Gardener said...

Time for some systemic poisoning I think, cause they will come back from those roots you missed. Don't envy the digging in red clay.....

Annie in Austin said...

We've taken Nandinas out of clay, too. The job seemed to go better when the ground was soaked the day before and the shrubs were left about 4 feet tall so you have 'handles'. My husband went after the roots with a mattock and we then used the top part to rock the shrub loose while digging. Maybe we got more of the roots that way, since this happened more that a year ago and they did not come back.

Good luck, Nelumbo!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

kate said...

I can sympathise with digging in clay. That is a problem here too. Trying to dislodge any plants is hard unless there has been a good rain.

The pool looks lovely!

Melvin said...

This problem is always there....
thanks for sharing.....

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