Whether a shrub has outgrown its space, has become diseased or just requires too much maintenance, it may need to be removed. Small shrubs are easily removed with a little effort and the right tools. Larger shrubs may require a team effort but can be successfully removed from a landscape as well.
Trim the shrub's foliage and branches with a pair of loopers. Leave enough of the stem to serve as a handle when later lifting the shrub. Use a shovel to dig a trench, about 1 to 2 feet deep, around the shrub's crown. Dig and remove the soil that surrounds the shrub.
Place the shovel under the shrub's root ball and pry it up. Remove as much soil as possible from the root ball. Replant the shrub in a new site or properly dispose of the root ball and foliage. As an alternative to disposal, run the roots and foliage through a chipper and add it to your compost pile, provided the shrub was not diseased.
Clean the tools used to remove the shrubbery to prevent cross-contaminating other plants or shrubs, if disease is an issue. Fill the empty site with soil. Use fresh material to avoid the possibility of passing a disease or other destructive microorganisms to future plantings.