How to Remove Junipers

Juniper shrubs can be difficult to remove because of their weak branches
Juniper shrubs can be difficult to remove because of their weak branches (Image: macro green juniper image by Furan from Fotolia.com)

Junipers are popular shrubs for covering landscaping beds. They spread out and cover the ground without growing too high. One problem with junipers, though, is trying to remove them. Since they are low-growing shrubs with soft branches, they can be difficult to dig up. Junipers do not provide much to grip on to, so they are hard to pull out of the ground. However, with a some pruning shears and a shovel, removing junipers can be a manageable task.

Things You'll Need

  • Work gloves
  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • Topsoil

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Cut all the branches of the juniper down to about six or eight inches from the ground. This will leave the solid part of the bush to grab when pulling it out of the ground.

Dig down at a 45-degree angle with the shovel around the juniper about one foot from the base of the shrub. Insert the shovel about the depth of the shovel blade into the ground.

Grab the trunk of the juniper with work gloves and lift it out of the ground. If the juniper does not come out easily, dig around the shrub again with the shovel.

Inspect the hole after you remove the juniper to make sure that none of the roots are still in the ground. Dig up any remaining roots with the shovel.

Fill in the hole where the juniper was removed with topsoil and pack it with the shovel until it is level with the rest of the bed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to remove all the juniper roots from your bed to prevent another shrub from growing.

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