Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:58
I've got an old Ceanothus. My guess is that its probably as old as the house (circa 21 years?) and put in by the previous owners when they moved in to the new build. It is around 12 feet tall and in a relatively small modern development garden is too big. It is also looking rather tired and although it has leaves on the outside, it is sparse inside. I've noticed that it has flowered less for the last two years and is probably less vigorous on putting fresh growth (which I do hedge trim back) after flowering.
I know that Ceanothus don't respond well to hard pruning so I've made a decision to remove it - however, not sure how easy it will be do to that, especially as the main trunk is probably the size of a medium sized tree. Can anybody tell me what the root system is like for a Ceanothus? I am wondering if I just cut it down low as possible to below ground level, and then replant near it, and let nature take her course on rotting it down, or will I be able to get the stump out, without recking the rest of the garden around it. It is very near the boundary fence, so don't want to cause any issue of pulling half the fence down to get it out the ground.