Seriously Anne ... the easiest way to pull a big bush out of the ground is to soak the root ball with a garden hose...for a good long while, and then have a friend with a 4x4 pickup truck hook on to the bush at the base with a nylon pull strap and just ease the darn thing out of the ground. I've done this countless times, for myself, family and friends. It's easy, quick and painless.
Just an fyi. Keep up the great work. I enjoy the column.
Janice in Decatur