how deep are escalonia roots

justadncr(z8OR)February 8, 2006

I am doing a remodel of our house and we have to put a foundation exactly where established escalonia are. Are they difficult to get up? Any suggestions?

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Just about everything makes mostly a shallow pancake of roots just below the surface. Escallonia are brittle, you will probably find they can be jerked out/broken apart fairly readily. Try spades, mattocks, mauls, rock bars...if using a chain on a truck the main difficulty might be having everything you attach to snap off, without the rest of the shrub coming with it.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 7:44PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

We recently transplanted a 4-foot escallonia and it wasn't difficult. The roots were not deep, "shallow pancake" is an excellent description of what we encountered.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 12:01AM
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thanks for the input. How about a 5 foot holly? Any one dig up one of these??

    Bookmark   February 10, 2006 at 12:08AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Now those definitely can be as though set in concrete. Put a chain around it and pull it out with a truck, if you can. If there might be utilities running through its roots this particular approach could backfire, of course.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2006 at 12:51AM
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