The rose bush, I have been writing about removing is gone. This was supposed to be a repeat bloomer, at least that is what the tag said. And the tag also showed a picture of a 3-4 foot nicely shaped bush. Don't believe everything a tag says. I remember buying this at Lowe's about 8 years ago, thinking it would be a nice center for the long burm. The first year it did okay, not great, but it did have several blooms and stayed fairy compact. The next year, it started growing after a poor showing of blooms. Maybe, I thought, it blooms on new wood. So I left it. The following year, huge, ungainly and few blooms. I trimmed it back severely. Again, few blooms and the Japanese beetles found it. I sprayed, but could do no more that year. To make a very long story short-it has never re-bloomed, it spreads like wildfire, it has dead looking spots and it traps leaves and tree seedlings. It has to go!
Hubby, bless his heart, finally has time to pull it out. Here he is taking a log chain and wrapping it around the base.
Wait, the chain is slipping. Hubby redoes the chain close to the bottom, again.
After pulling out some of the stragglers, digging out some tough roots, raking, and tearing out what would have been a whole forest of baby trees, the job is finally done!
I'm pretty sure I will have to spray some kind of brush killer in the cleared area. We think the roots will try to grow. I will check with the garden center about that and it probably won't be safe to plant for a while. In the meantime, I can plan what I want to put there. I'm sure, though it won't be another 'rugosa rose'.
Thanks Hubby. I couldn't have done it without you!