Photinias are versatile plants used for hedging and windbreaks.

How to Remove Photinia

by Marylee Gowans

Photinias (Photinia spp.), evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. These plants produce brightly colored blooms followed by red ornamental fruit and showy foliage. While they're usually desirable, there may come a time when you want to remove a photinia from your yard.

1 Use a pair of loppers to cut all the branches off the photinia. This will leave only the main trunk. Cut the photinia trunk a few inches below soil level.

2 Moisten the soil around the photinia. This will make the ground softer, which makes removing the shrub easier.

3 Position the edge of a shovel a few feet from the shrub's trunk. Push the shovel several inches into the soil.

4 Remove the shovel from the ground and move it over a few inches. Insert the shovel into the soil once again. Continue around the circumference of the photinia.

5 Grasp the trunk with your hands and pull it back and forth to help loosen the root ball from the soil. Insert the shovel into the ground at an angle underneath the plant. Push the shovel handle downward to push the root ball and the photinia up and out of the ground. Cut any roots holding it in the soil with loppers.

6 Lift the photinia out of the hole you dug and dispose of it either in the garbage or yard waste can.

Items you will need

  • Loppers
  • Water hose
  • Shovel
  • Garbage bag

About the Author

Marylee Gowans has written about gardening for both online and print publications. She attended the University of Akron, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. In 2009, she received master gardener certification from the Master Gardeners of Summit County, Ohio.

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