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how can I remove a very large phormium growing in wrong place?


  • That's going to take a lot of hard work!  Start by removing the leaves using very sharp secateurs or even a stanley knife - they are tough and fibrous (its common name is New Zealand flax and flax is used to make rope!)  I would dig a trench all around it, then start working under it, severing roots with a sharp spade etc. as you go.  A mattock would probably be my tool of choice for attacking the roots.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks, I've tried cutting it back and broken a good pair of secateurs in doing so.  It is in the garden of a house my daughter bought recently and is much too big for its position.

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