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Eventually, the root system will run out of energy.

Jan 18, Removing the Root Ball. You are now ready to dig out the rose bush roots. Start about 9 to 10 inches from the center of the bush and use the shovel to carefully dig down toward the middle. You will soon be able to feel the root ball.

Keep going until the shovel easily slips under that root ball. 1. Water liberally around the rose bush and wait several minutes to allow the water to seep into the soil. Removing the roots will be easier once the soil is softened. 2. Prune away as much of the. How to Remove Shrubs: easy way to remove bushes and roots. With the vertical and horizontal roots cut with the skill saw, the bush is easily removed roots and all.

The project only takes a few minutes and is less labor intensive than trying to cut all the roots with a shovel. You want to dig a trench that is deep enough to access the rose plant's root system. 3 Grab the plant where it typically meets the soil, and jiggle it gently to loosen the root ball. I had a rose bush on the side of my garage that must have been planted at or near the time the house was built (40+ years).

About 8 years ago, I enlisted all of my kids, my neighbors' kids, my dad, my husband and myself and we took the thing out with a spade and an ax. Got every bit of trunk and root (or so we thought). It was gone for years.