Remove Previous Tree Suckers In Lawn?


Old 09-10-13, 05:39 PM
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Question Remove Previous Tree Suckers In Lawn?

Hi all,

We had a tree in our front yard (some kind of oak I'm sure, that's common in Central CA landscaping) that has been gone for about 3 years now (fell during a storm). There is no stump that remains.

However, there are dozens of suckers growing up in the grass every year.

Since I'm not worried about damaging/killing an existing tree, what is the best way to kill off those suckers with little damage to the yard?

Should I just spot spray each one with Round-Up?
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Old 09-10-13, 05:44 PM
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Spot spraying might harm the surrounding grass. I'd use rubber gloves and a sponge dipped in the full strength liquid and wipe it on the leaves.

Either that or cut the suckers about 1/2 way up and apply the liquid directly to the cut.

I had that issue with a crepe myrtle I removed and it still took 2 years of treatments before they finally gave up the ghost.
Old 09-10-13, 06:34 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion, much appreciated!
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Get an herbicide recommended for woody plants or trees. Apply full strength in the manner suggested by Guyguy45.

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