tree suckers help

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Old 09-06-06, 08:01 AM
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tree suckers help

I have a tree in the yard which sprouts suckers every year, probably a dozen or so each summer. The tree is a Royalty Flowering Crab, and it is healthy. The trunk at ground level is about 6" in diameter and I want to dig out the grass in about a 24" circle around the base. I want to lay landscaping fabric and then about 2-3" of mulch on top of that, which would improve the overall look too.

Will the fabric/mulch combo stop the suckers?
Is this the best solution to use?
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Old 09-06-06, 06:38 PM
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Snip suckers off at point of origin. Fabric/mulch combo will not stop suckers.
 
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Old 09-10-06, 07:42 AM
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Hi Sutter,

I agree with Twelvepole that the landscape fabric and mulch won't stop the sprouts. It's the habit of the tree. I wouldn't recommend using landscape fabric at all over the roots, but mulch would be good for the tree. Your tree should have a ring of mulch around the base, so removing the grass would be a good thing to do anyway.
http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/trees_turf.aspx
http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/mulching.aspx

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A bit of a sucker question...

I have a tree that the previous owner let a sucker grow and is about 1.5 inches in diameter and the texture of a regular branch. It comes right off a root and it's pretty unbalanced looking, in the overall tree appearance.

How do I get rid of that and can I transplant it somewhere else and get a free tree?
 
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Old 10-05-06, 10:38 AM
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Hi Cienega,

What type of tree is this?

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Old 10-05-06, 04:18 PM
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Hi Newt - I don't really know, being 'garden challenged' but it reminds me of the Aspens I've seen in Colorado - sounds like them too. It just doesn't change colors like them.

I'll have to take a pic tomorrow, if it helps (duh, huh)
 
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Old 10-05-06, 04:51 PM
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Some pics would be helpful, especially the leaves. Some trees are more sensitive to root disturbance then others.

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Old 10-06-06, 02:31 AM
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Hey Newt - hope this helps! The tree itself is about 18 or 20 feet tall with not much of a canopy.

http://www.cienega32.com/house/mini-tree.JPG
 
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Your tree appears to be a Freemont Cottonwood - Populus fremontii and is related to the Quaking Aspen it reminds you of. Here's some helpful info.
http://extension.usu.edu/rangeplants/Woody/fremontcottonwood.htm

The sucker looks like it is well attached to a large root so it would have a very small chance of the sucker living if you tried to remove it. The chance would get much better if there where some smaller roots growing out of the base of the sucker. I suggest you remove it by cutting close to the root.

The roots are circling and I have some concerns about that as they can actually girdle and choke off the tree. You can remove the circling roots to help the tree. If the sucker is rooted to one of the circling roots you might be able to transplant it.
http://www.mortonarb.org/research/rootpdf/girdlingRootFormation.pdf
http://www1.br.cc.va.us/murray/Arboriculture/TreeCare101/below/root_collar_exam/spring_2002.htm
http://www1.br.cc.va.us/murray/Arboriculture/TreeCare101/below/root_collar_exam/summer2001class.htm

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Old 10-06-06, 10:35 PM
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Thanks Newt. I'll give it a closer looksee over the weekend and see what I'm faced with. As long as I can at least remove it 'cleanly' I'll be happy. If I get a free tree - all the better!
 
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You're so very welcome. I'd love to know what you find when you start 'digging around'.

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