I have two arborvitae trees that are near the front entrance to our house. Many years ago they were planted way to close and now they need to be removed.
We have decided to simple plant perennials there instead, like a big batch of black eyed susans or something similar. Our goal is lower and more color. my question is can I just cut the arborvitae at ground level and let nature takes its course with the roots? Or do I need to remove the root ball?
Over time I would assume the roots would decompose was hoping patience and nature could replace an aching back and blisters.