• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to clear large shrubs.


    1 Use bypass loppers to cut away smaller branches around outer portion of shrub.
    2 Cut through thick branches deep inside of the shrub with a chainsaw.
    3 Dig around base of shrub with pointed shovel.
    4 Cut through roots at base of stump with a garden mattock.
    5 Pull stump from hole.
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      depending on size of shrub
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      Tools List

      • lopper
        Bypass loppers,
        used to cut small branches
      • chain saw
        for cutting through thick branches
      • pointed shovel
        Pointed shovel,
        used to dig out stump

      Shopping List

      1. Leather work gloves

      2. Garden mattock,
      for chopping through shrub roots