How to Remove a Privet Hedge


Privet hedges have made their way in to the hearts of many people because of their ability to replace the everyday common privacy fence. Privet hedges create a thick, lush, living fence that not only provides your lawn and home with privacy, but with beauty. Privet hedges can grow to a height of 15 feet and when maintained properly can grow in a perfectly straight line, creating the ideal fence. In some cases, removal of privet hedges is necessary for landscaping renovations or other projects.

Step 1

Dress yourself in protective clothing such as long sleeves, gloves and protective eye glasses. Branches of the privet hedges can be stiff and pointed and can cause minor injuries.

Step 2

Use garden loppers to remove the lowest branches of the privet hedge, exposing the main stump of the hedge. Expose approximately 1 to 1-and-½ feet of the lower trunk.

Step 3

Use a chainsaw to cut the privet hedge down at the stump. Leave approximately 1 to 2 feet of the stump for easy removal of the leftover stump and roots.

Step 4

Dig a trench around the perimeter of the privet hedge stump to reveal the roots. Use a chopping axe to chop all visible roots.

Step 5

Insert a landscaping bar underneath the privet hedge stump after all visible roots have been chopped. Pry upwards on the landscaping bar to force the privet hedge stump out of its planting hole.

Step 6

Discard the shrub and the stump into a compost or burning pile. Do not leave any clippings or portions of the privet hedge lying on the ground, as this can easily kill grass and underlying plants.

Step 7

Fill the empty hole where the privet hedge previously grew, with loose soil. This will prevent the possibility of accidents.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective clothing
  • Garden loppers
  • Chain saw
  • Spade shovel
  • Chopping axe
  • Landscaping bar
  • Loose soil


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Keywords: privet hedge removal, removing privet hedges, digging up hedges

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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.