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What's the Best Way to Kill Small Trees?
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Lynch    Posted 12-06-2002 at 06:47:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm wantin to kill alot of trees about 1/2" to 2" in diameter. Got any suggestions? I want to kill 'em for good.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-06-2002 at 19:42:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lynch, yesterday we where talking about the cost of electricity and how to save on it. You should move some of those small trees to the East, South and West sides of your house and when they grow to big trees they will help cool your house.
Later Bob

Spence    Posted 12-06-2002 at 16:01:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cut out a wedge of bark all around the stem.

Lynch    Posted 12-06-2002 at 15:12:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't have to worry about livestock...the beef moved to a cooler location in the freezer this summer. Not going to buy calves until dead of winter (70 degrees here), and this time i'm gonna get a half dozen I think. Start raising my own, Brahman and Brangus with 1 Longhorn bred to Angus because Longhorn calve the easiest of all cows. It's good to have at least 1 sure bet.

Salmoneye...long winded    Posted 12-06-2002 at 13:54:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I kill trees as a hobby ;-)

Actually I have been reclaiming meadows that I let go fallow 20 years ago when I moved here...

In the last 3 years I have taken back almost 4 of my 8 acres with brushhog, chainsaw, and a bow-saw...I have returned 3 acres to meadow covered with red clover, and the last acre is coming in too...

I have never punctured a tire on a 'stump' I cut with a hog...the key here is dull blades...The hog should shred the 'stump' so it looks like a paintbrush as opposed to looking like an angled spike...Cut once with the hog set high and then go back over the ground a second time with the hog set as low as possible without scalping or hitting anything solid...I hog at least three times a year to encourage low growing grasses and flowers instead of long hay...

It's work, but good work and satisfying...

Lynch    Posted 12-06-2002 at 14:55:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We bushhog 4-5 times a pasture looks's the fence lines and corners that I let go too long...we only sharpen the blade about once every 5 years. Thanks

Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 12-06-2002 at 13:03:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check with your local Extension Agent. He can tell you what works best in your area.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-06-2002 at 09:37:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Absolute best thing to spray them with is Garlon 4, made by Dow Agrosciences.This is the stuff that the Elec. Co-Op contractors use to kill trees and brush under the elect. lines. Spend the extra money and get the purple dye so you can tell where you have sprayed to avoid wasting it. Don't just cut the trees, unless you enjoy ruining your tires on them little 2" stumps that are left sticking up in the pasture.

Otterpilot........just kidding    Posted 12-06-2002 at 09:00:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fertilyze,nurture and water em,sure as the dickens they'll die off.Kind of a reverse psycholgy thing.Every time I try to plant a tree,I use this method and it works well.

DeadCarp    Posted 12-06-2002 at 07:19:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
You'll need to borrow a little tiny chainsaw :)
Seriously, sawing is the quickest, most permanent way to whack back brush etc, without a bush hog. Or turn some rabbits loose on them - when they get hungry they'll ring the bark.

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 12-06-2002 at 07:27:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
cut'em close to the ground, then in the spring when they start to grow back spray them fresh tender leaves with RoundUp mixed 5 or 6 oz to the gallon.

Lynch    Posted 12-06-2002 at 14:37:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Would Ortho Triox work? This is brush and trees that have come up in places the bushhog can't get to, like fence lines. Most of it is real pretty, but it will take over if I let it. Darn Tallow, and little dogwoods that the birds scatter. Your method was what I was planning on doing w/ Triox, just wondered if there was a remedy I didn't think of. Thanks for the info...Lynch

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 12-08-2002 at 17:23:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
dont know about triox I know RoundUp works but kills everything, 2-4D also works but does not kill grass, but I wouldn't spray it where any runoff will end up in the garden, so said it' s toxic to humans.

Kat in NJ    Posted 12-06-2002 at 08:22:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...and if they start to come back after the RoundUp, try Brush Be Gone (which is like Weed Be Gone, but industrial strength!). We were able to get rid of a little stand of maples and poison ivy this way.


Maggie/TX    Posted 12-06-2002 at 08:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this Brush Be Gone stuff dangerous to animals? If this works on Japanese Tallow trees and is not dangerous to animals, this is a GREAT tip! I didn't think anything short of Napalm would take out a Tallow tree where the durn thing wouldn't sprout back up later.

Lynch    Posted 12-06-2002 at 14:39:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't ya just love that tallow...if there was a market for 'em I'd be well-off. But I wouldn't want to do that to someone. Where's a Beaver when you need one.

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 12-06-2002 at 13:56:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got this from the Roundup web site:

Question: Is roundup harmful to animals.

Answer: We recommend that grazing animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, tortoises and fowl remain out of the treated area for two weeks.

They also say that cats, dogs and other animals can enter the area where roundup has been sprayed as soon at it dries.

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