Removal of Large Shrubs to Make Way for a New Lawn
These large shrubs, which are Cotoneaster, had become too big for the area where situated. Residents were not happy at their view being partially blocked plus the size of the shrub could allow a person to hide behind or be obscured so the decision was made to remove the shrub and roots. After the shrubs have been cleared the area is going to be turfed and made into a new lawn that will match the other grass area to the opposite side of the entrance, balancing the look of the building and also providing a clearer view of the street for vehicles leaving the car park.
Cotoneaster is a Tough Shrub
Once established Cotoneaster is a very tough shrub and is used for many applications where abuse can occur, for example, in public places, municipal areas, embankments. The growth on this shrub is dense and compact with branches that are springy, this is why the shrub can withstand some abuse because the branches do not snap easily and usually just take an impact and spring back into place. This trait does make the shrub hard to cut back so when trimming with hedge cutters the cutting blades must be sharp otherwise the ends of the branches will just rip off and look very untidy, also if cut back too hard the foliage will be removed just showing a mass of bare branches underneath.
Cutting Down and Removing a Large Shrub, stump and Roots
However we were removing the Contoneaster completely and the best piece of equipment for the job was a long handled chainsaw, utilising this tool we can cut lower down toward the stump where the branches are thicker and also the reach of the long handle allowed us to reach further into the shrub past the smaller twigs and branches. Once cut the branches and foliage were pulled free and moved onto the vehicle for removal. We then worked through the whole area until the bulk of the shrubs had been cleared away. With the bulk removed we then concentrated on cutting off and removing the lowest branches as well as clearing all the litter and rubbish that had accumulated underneath the shrub over many years.
With all this cleared we were then left with the stumps that needed removing. The easiest way to remove stumps is by digging and pulling them out with a small digger, however for a job of this size this was not cost effective plus with the close proximity of the railings we did not want to risk disturbing their footings. Although it would be laborious work the stumps would need to be dug out by hand. Firstly we dug around a stump with a spade to expose any roots, once exposed the root could then be cut with a pair of lopers. Repeating this method until the stump could be worked loose enough to expose the last roots underneath and with a final cut with the lopers and a lot of hard work the stumps would come free.
With the stumps removed we then loosened the top of the soil and raked level. As this was carried out in January it was too cold to lay down the new turf and this will have to wait until early spring when the conditions will be more favourable for the new grass to survive.