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Wayne    Posted 03-13-2004 at 07:36:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a couple acres of black locust trees in pennsylvania to clear for growing christmas trees.they are 6inch round should I cut off above ground or flush and spray the shoots that come out? I only have handtools and want to remove them without bulldozers and such! They are very long lasting as they are used for fenceposts and last a 100 years I dont know what to do! THANKS

Jessie    Posted 03-13-2004 at 17:37:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would leave these trees for now and fertilize them so that they grow somewhat faster. The reason I say this is that the railroads use black locust almost exclusively for ties as the wood holds the spikes from pulling out and they don't rot. Something to consider for a cash crop.

TB    Posted 03-13-2004 at 12:08:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get in touch with some farmers or evean the amish. That sounds like pime feince post meteral. thay love locast for that. I hear thay pay a good price for them.

LocastIf your not in a hurry feince it off and run goats and pigs on it. goats will trim every thing back. Pigs will root all the roots out of the soil and eat them. most other methods without machines are rather labor intensive.

Darryl - MO    Posted 03-13-2004 at 08:32:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've had pretty good success with cutting flush with ground level and then painting the cut end with brush killer. This seems to prevent most regrowth.

Sid    Posted 03-13-2004 at 08:20:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I cut a few off at ground level and plunged the chain saw into the stump a couple of times and just kept the pasture mowed. It was a locust tree anyway not sure if it was a black locust or not. I have known people after cutting them flush with the ground would burn the brush on the stump worked also. I am in SW MO.

Ron,ar    Posted 03-13-2004 at 07:39:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
that the ones with all the thorns?

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