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Scub, small tree eradication
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Ted Webb    Posted 07-29-2001 at 03:14:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What is best method to remove small trees and suckers less than 1 inch diameter at ground level. Thought I might just mattock out or cut very low with large pruning shears. What treatment to kill remaining stump??

Tx Fred    Posted 07-30-2001 at 05:49:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spray the trunk a few inches from the ground all the way around with deisel fuel. Works good on mesquite and hackberry.

big fred    Posted 07-29-2001 at 13:36:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had an area with a bunch of little maples starting up, and found that in January (I'm in western Washington and January is our wet season) I could pull 'em out by hand. Some of them were 1.5 to 2 inches, had to use both hands on those.

Mike in NC    Posted 07-29-2001 at 06:04:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
If a brush hog is available I would use that or probably better would be to use a tractor with grubbing tongs and rip them out by the root so they dont resprout. If you simply cut they will resprout and if you dont poison them or keep them clipped they will eventually be thicker than they were. If you poison I would use some thing as benign as possible that breaks down into harmless components as soon as possible such as Roundup. Good advise from hank to keep a ground cover on the land to prevent erosion.

Ted Webb    Posted 07-30-2001 at 01:28:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The previous owner left some Roundup in the shed. What is the correct mixture to kill of small tree stumps or at least keep them from re-sprouting?


Fernvale, Queensland

john bender    Posted 09-03-2006 at 18:01:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i watch a huters show on tv and they used spray of some type . cut a small slit in the tree and sprayed in to the opening. and killed the small tree I would like to know what they used

Mike in NC    Posted 07-30-2001 at 06:04:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
My container says to mix 6 ounces per gallon of water. Depending upon the species you are trying to kill you may have to reapply it and it may take up to 6 weeks to finish it off.

Ted Webb    Posted 07-30-2001 at 15:42:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Mike. I'll give it a try.


IHank    Posted 07-29-2001 at 05:00:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ted- Suggest you get a set of "lopping snips" and cut it off as tight to the ground as possible. Also, buy a couple of spare chains for your chain saw and cut stumps the same way. You'll be sharpening 'em each day...

I'm talking about scraping back the turf and cutting below the present ground level, because the stubs will be sticking up next year and you'll need to clip again. Flat tires and foot injuries will happen if you don't do it right...

Sow grass seed over the area that you cut while you're doing it. I went thru 3 big bags of seed from Orschleans while carving out LZ Knee and now I got more grass than I can deal with, still got stumps irritating me, but there's no bare ground eroding away. IHank

Ted Webb    Posted 07-30-2001 at 01:25:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I tried the "lopping snips" today, they worked pretty good. I was able to dig down below ground level and cut them, most all are suckers from other tree roots. My only problem was suckers over 3/4" were pretty hard to cut. Might be the "snips" were dull, I hired them because I didn't want to be digging in the dirt with mine. I covered about a 2 acre patch and probably made 75 cuts. I left some of the bigger ones (1" to 3"), will probably come back and pull them with my tractor. However, they are suckers and the roots run horizontal.

IHank    Posted 07-30-2001 at 06:40:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ted- There are other threads here, about weed killers and stump removal tricks. Suggest you look 'em over and ponder how they might apply to your situation.

My experience with pulling stuff out with a tractor is that it's a lot of dangerous screwing around and the results are messy. From there I got into the trick of simply cutting at ground level.

After that you're gonna need to keep cutting the re-growth. If you pasture the area the animals will eat the grass and ignore the brush, so you're gonna have to mow it off for some years to come.

A trick to try is get you a bag of water softner salt pellets, dump a pile of 'em on top of the stumps, wet 'em down, and let the salt kill the roots for you.

Good luck and please report your findings here, IHank

Betty Sonberg    Posted 06-07-2005 at 11:16:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As a PS to previous message; if I use softener salt, will it prevent the seeding of a lawn later on? I use it on my stone drive for the grass growing through and it kills it, but the grass eventually comes through again. When I get roots out, want to start a lawn at a later date.

Betty Sonberg

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