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Remove bush in lawn without damaging driveway


I have a large white flowered bush in the center of  the lawn in my front garden.  I would like to remove it as its getting too big and starting to overcrowd the area and overhang my neighbour's drive. It is around 5 foot tall and 5 foot wide.  The lawn has also dipped in the middle considerably presumably from the bush drawing water out of the ground.

Would anyone be able to tell me the best way of removing it.  I'm very worried that If I dig out the roots it will disturb the foundations of my neighbours very expensive paved driveway.

I was thinking that the best way maybe to cut it down from ground level and then leave it a while for the roots to die off and then dig them out?  Again, I'm worried about disturbing my neighbour's driveway.

Thank you in advance.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,046

    Hi iloveapplepuff (seriously good name!) image

    Can you post a picture or two that will show us the bush and the area around it so that we can get a really good idea of your options?  To upload a photo from your pc you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,189

    Unles syu actively dislike your shrub, can you not just prune it back to a decent shape and size and continue to enjoy your flowering shrub?   Put a mulch of garden compost around the base and build it up each season to recover the level you want - not all at once.  Keep it pruned to size and shape after flowering each year.

    One assumes your neighbours knew the shrub was there when they had their expensive drive laid.

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    If you do cut the bush down so it does not re-sprout, there is no need to remove the roots. But it does depend on the variety of bush.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Pretty much what obelixx said. Prune it and they knew what you had growing on your property before they laid their drive, though I doubt s shrubs roots would cause issues.

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