The need is that best case it will take a couple years before he
has a decent shrub. In the mean time he gets to look at a 3" around
off stump. For me that's unacceptable when it's in front of the
house. I just removed several here and replaced them and it wasn't
a big deal. If he can place the new ones slightly to the side of the
existing stump, it's even easier.
Yes, that is why I don't want to just cut them back and wait for them to
produce a decent green evergreen shrub. It would be easier and more
aesthetic to just remove what I have (probably by just cutting them off at
the base)and then plant new ones. There are only 4 of them, so it won't be
a big deal.
I am also not sure that the article excerpt that I posted is completely
correct that by cutting them way back and leaving a small stump the shrub
will re-grow and look okay. In reading other articles, some seem to say
that works and others say it will not work. I do know that when cutting
some trees and shrubs off at ground level, some will produce new shoots and
new growth and some will not. At the place where I work, I cut off a big
globe-shaped shrub at the base to remove it and nothing ever grew back out
of the stump or from any of the roots. I am not sure what that was, but
when I cut it off the wood looked sort of like cherry wood or cherry-colored
Thanks, but there is no need for me to do that at this point. People here
were able to provide the answer I needed within the first few replies that
were posted. They suggested Globe Arborvitae and after a Google Images
follow-up on my end I was able to confirm that is what I have.
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