A car jack and lever system simplifies the problem of pulling stubborn shrubs and avoids hours of backbreaking digging and chopping.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:March 2009
Apply tons of pulling force to shrub
roots using a jack. Place plywood
scraps under the jack and jack stand so
they don’t sink into the ground.
If you have shrubs that you want to remove, here’s how to get the roots out without hours of digging and chopping.
Use leverage. Start by digging around
the base of the shrub and cutting all
the roots you can get at. Then lay
scraps of plywood on each side of the
shrub. Set a jack stand or concrete
blocks on one side and set up your
jack on the other. Lay a beam across
them and tie the root to the beam
with a chain. You’ll apply hundreds
of pounds of pulling force, so both
the beam and the chain must be
strong. Use a 6-ft. 4x6 or 6x6 for the
beam and a chain for towing cars.
Raise the jack, stopping to cut the
roots as they become exposed. If you
max out the height of your jack
before all the roots are free, add a few
blocks to increase the beam height.
Before cutting the roots, reduce
tension on the chain to prevent
injuries from recoil.
Wear eye protection.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You’ll also need an auto jack, towing chain, jack stand and gloves.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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