How Do You Get Rid of a Cactus?

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Cactus removal can be accomplished by hiring a landscaping contractor to remove large or invasive species. Smaller cacti can be removed manually. According to Arizona State University, some states, including Arizona, require a permit for the removal of protected species of cacti.

In Arizona and other states in the Southwestern United States, the first step to removing a cactus is to contact the local Department of Agriculture, according to the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society. The Department of Agriculture can provide information on which types of cacti are protected and which can be removed without a permit.

Large saguaro cacti that have become diseased or damaged, for instance, cannot be removed without a permit, according to the National Park Service. Very large cacti should be removed by a professional to avoid potential damage to nearby structures. The saguaro cactus can grow to a height of over 30 feet and may weigh as much as 3,000 pounds, according to the Green Valley News.

Even damaged or fallen cacti may not be removed from an Arizonan property without a permit. Contact the local Department of Agriculture if a cactus on the property has fallen over or become damaged for advice on how to proceed with removal. Smaller unprotected cacti, such as the prickly pear cactus that is found in Texas, can be removed with chemical pesticides or by removing the cacti manually. The cacti that are manually uprooted need to be removed from the property to ensure fallen plants do not root again.