Shrubs grow throughout the landscape. Natural shrubs thrive in woodlands and along edges of fields, while gardeners plant cultivated shrubs around their homes. Usually sought-after plants, there may be times you want to kill shrubs in your landscape. If not done correctly, the shrubs will re-sprout and come back in short order. Remove the shrub and block any remaining roots from re-sprouting to guarantee the shrub's demise.
Remove all the branches with leaves from the shrub with a pruning saw or pruning shears. Shrubs need photosynthesis to live. By removing all the branches with foliage, you are taking the first step to killing the shrub.
Paint a non-selective herbicide that contains the active ingredient glyphosate on the cut ends of the branches.
Dig up the stump of the shrub. Dig around the shrub 2 feet from the trunk. Remove soil as necessary and work your shovel down and under the shrub stump. After it's adequately loosened the stump will pull out.
Lay down black landscape fabric over the shrub's former location for a few weeks. If there are any living roots left in the ground, the fabric will prevent them from accessing sunlight and they will quickly die out.