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Tree stumps
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SusanMo    Posted 05-20-2004 at 07:38:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have slowly but surely been trying to eliminate the thorn trees on our property(almost three acres) now these trees have thorns on them some of which are like 7 inches long. I want the trees outta there so I can plant me an orchard. What we are having a problem with is how to get rid of the stumps because there is little trees coming up outta the stumps. Is there some kind of sure fire killer out there to destroy the stumps and how long before i can plant anything in the general area after the chemical is in the ground? I have one right on the outside of my garden area but i plan to put a pole on it and nail a old mailbox to it for my small gardening tools, but that still leaves a gazillion other stumps lol. Any good ideas out there? Thanks in advance

Eddie Campbell    Posted 04-02-2006 at 15:26:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just bought some land, and have these nasty trees too. What kind of tree are they ?

Rickstir    Posted 05-20-2004 at 14:34:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have those too. We use Tourbon. A blue chemical we get from farm supply houses. As soon as you cut the tree, cover the stump with it. Works on pond willows too.
Don't drag thorn trees around. You will knock off the thorns and find them year after year in your mower tires. Or else step on them.
Cut, dry and burn in place.

SusanMo    Posted 05-20-2004 at 09:40:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks for all the replys lol oh my goodness dale lol i can just imagine the scoldings your poor dog got when he brought the trees to you lol...we have cut down about 4 of the trees and piled them around the stumps i suggested that we burn them where they were(ok i didnt want to drag all that brush to the BIG brush pile) hubby laughed at me i think because it wasnt HIS idea now we will see who has the last laugh lol these are pretty big trees they have been growing for years and years his dad planted them when they were all kids to keep them from climbing up in the trees lol. i already have four apple trees planted but they arent around any of the stumps. now im gonna have to go buy some screening or cheesecloth and wrap around those so those darn cicadas wont kill them i swear if it isnt the goats its rabbits or bugs or deer but thanks to all of the replys...HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND hoping to get the rest of my garden in this weekend.!

cowlady    Posted 05-20-2004 at 11:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
For those of you who read Yankee magazine, you will be familiar with the wonderful column by Earl Proulx. That guy had an answer for anything & everything!

Earl passed away and the Editor noted that of the thousands of columns written by Earl, only one was ever NOT published. It involved tree stumps, kerosene and dynamite, I believe!

Another method would be the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" theory. We have several sitting areas around the place, using the tree stump as the base for a table top. One large stump has a bench build around it. And two side by side stumps were notched and a split log was laid in for a bench. Since we live in the woods, they don't seem look out of place...But if you want to have that nice obsticle free yard, I'd go for the grinder!

Tinker    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:47:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
wow! acres of them. Would it be feasable to hire someone with a big Catipillar and shove them out/over to a big pile and then burn the whole pile up?
With a Cat, you could level off your orchard area at the same time.

KellyGa    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:46:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, what about maybe renting a stump grinder? I don't know how big these stumps are, but maybe that would be an option?

Joel    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:27:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are herbicides designed for that. I think Roundup will also work. As soon as you cut the tree paint the roundup on the stump.

I haven't tried this but have heard you can take dirt for the forrest and bury the stump with the dirt (after you have killed the stump). This dirt contains large numbers of the bacteria that normally break down wood and leaves in the forrest. Bury the stump, wet the dirt, and cover with black plastic (to hold in some heat and speed up the process). In about 6 months, supposedly, the stump will be gone.

Like I said, I never tried it but it makes good sense to me.

Texas    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:45:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Round Up is a broadleaf herbicide. It wont work on stumps. You need a woody herbicide like Grazon to kill trees or brush.

Texas    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Round Up is a broadleaf herbicide. It wont work on stumps. You need a woody herbicide like Grazon to kill trees or brush.

Joel    Posted 05-20-2004 at 12:43:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Roundup is not a broadleaf herbicide. It is useful in farming as a burndown herbicide prior to planting because it will kill most anything in the field. Something like Roundup Brushkill will kill woody brush and is simply original roundup at a higher concentration. Several off brands are now availible with the same active ingredient as roundup but much cheaper. One called Mirage is availible here and I have heard prices quoted of about $45 per gallon around here.

dale anne    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:02:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
howdy suesan...i could lend ya my dog sisco...planted fruit trees last year and well sisco decided that these lil trees were sticks...bout 8 inches round they are...he tore them out and brings them to us on a regular now we have been treating the tree trunks with hot pepper spray with a lil olive oil mixed in so it dont dry up so fast...seems to be working on keeping him away.....i have heard that copper sulfate kills weed trees....not sure of it have never tried it and not sure what it may do to ground water...might wanna check it out...if small enough may consider grinding them down...hmmm might ya try to call yer local garden center or nursery...ask them...dale anne

deadcarp    Posted 05-20-2004 at 07:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best remedy i know is burn them. One fella here suggested starting a charcoal fire on the stump and dumping an oil drum on it overnite, allowing a couple holes for draft like it was inside its own stove. I burned a brushpile on some, then dumped the drum. Few stray sparks, can be done in the rain, it keeps the heat in, burns them right to the ground and they're history! :)

agreed    Posted 05-20-2004 at 08:19:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I usually cut the trees up and burn them right over the stump. Takes a pretty hot fire to get them going, but once they're started they'll smoulder all the way down to the roots. I've had big stumps smoulder underground for a few days.

good luck,
Tom A

Texas    Posted 05-20-2004 at 07:42:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Drill a hole in the top of the stumps and fill with rock salt. Or wait till new growth appears and spray with a mixture of Grazon P+D and Remedy.

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