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About a month ago we ordered a couple of quince bushes to put in the front lawn. They arrived yesterday (the nursery doesn't ship until they go dormant in the winter, or something like that), so I decided to plant them first thing this morning.

Planting quince bushes is not particularly complex or difficult, but removing the previous occupants of that space -- a pair of 20-30-year-old boxwood (?) bushes was decidedly more involved. I got the second baby tree into the ground around 11:15, then started cleaning up. I have now had lunch -- a sort of desperate get-food-into-my-body-before-I-crash affair -- and it's nap-time. There are pictures, but I'm too tired to deal with uploading them right now.


I put in a quince this year, too. The boxwood sounds very frustrating!

IANA Horticulturist...

...but I'm pretty sure those ex-shrubs aren't boxwoods; IME boxwood has a distinctive pungent aroma that I know I haven't smelled in our front yard :-)
The instruction book that came with the trees includes a table of recommended pH's; I'll look it up when I get home.
I looked it up: the nursery says 6.0-7.5. By contrast, apples apparently like it acidic (5.0-6.5) and blueberries even more so (5.0-5.3).
If those were boxwoods, I can offer a good removal method based on experience.

Trim it down as much as you can, then tie a 55lb hound to it. Despite it seeming very entrenched, you will before long have the root system removed (and an anchor of sorts trailing after a dopplering hound).
That would be a hound that did not react by lying down to take a nap?
Being a scent hound, I can only imagine there was some sort of something to smell somewhere...