Tree sprouts at roots - how to stop?

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Old 05-02-07, 08:16 AM
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Tree sprouts at roots - how to stop?

Hi!

I'm not sure what the correct name is, but I have a tree which has a ton of new sprouts sprouting up near the base/trunk of the tree. I'm tired of having the prune them down all the time. How can I prevent these from constantly popping up? I was thinking of sawing them down (some are very thick since I can only use the pruners at the thinner part) and then using landscape fabric and cover with mulch. Is there anything else I can do, like paint something on them, w/o hurting the tree?

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Old 05-05-07, 09:07 PM
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They are called suckers, I don't think there is anything you can do. Get them when they're small and they come up easily.
 
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Old 05-06-07, 03:05 PM
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Keep suckers cut as they appear. Do not cover base of tree with landscaping cloth and mulch, as this can cause disease.

For an article on suckers, go to http://www.denverpost.com/grow/ci_3816643
 
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Old 05-07-07, 10:46 AM
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Thanks!

Thanks! I actually cut them down even with the ground and used landscape fabric, then covered with mulch. I will trim as soon as they start coming up, as you suggest - I was just hoping to prevent them altogether .

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