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Turf Z
05-24-2012, 09:03 PM
What's good way to deal with suckers? Just started managing a new house for someone, and the beds are riddled with them. Do I just keep cutting them back?

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Dr.NewEarth
05-25-2012, 01:32 AM
Ya, just keep cutting them back. Lay landscape fabric and mulch down after you cut them off and see if that controls it a bit better.

What are they coming up from?

Get Some...
05-25-2012, 01:50 AM
Brushcutter blade....

Smallaxe
05-25-2012, 09:21 AM
paint the stump with RoundUp straight out of the bottle...

VO Landscape Design
05-25-2012, 11:55 AM
paint the stump with RoundUp straight out of the bottle...
Since the suckers are coming from the tree would that effect the tree by taking it into the tree's system?
VO

Dr.NewEarth
05-25-2012, 11:57 PM
Well, that answers my question. I'll answer your latest question now....YES

Smallaxe
05-26-2012, 10:34 AM
It should only kill part of the root that the suckers are coming off of... obviously you'll want to be more careful with suckers coming right off the trunk's base and very young trees, but essentially once you have suckers invading the landscape I don't believe you can hurt the tree with a touch of RU on the sucker stump... I've never seen a tree 'hurt' by doing that... not even shrubs...

Turf Z
05-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Yeah, the suckers are anywhere from 3-4ft from the trees, up from the roots. Can I really hit them with round-up/gly since they aren't coming out from the stump?

lazor-cut
05-28-2012, 01:16 PM
Yeah, the suckers are anywhere from 3-4ft from the trees, up from the roots. Can I really hit them with round-up/gly since they aren't coming out from the stump?

I say use it VERY sparingly and you will be okay.... I think what you should do is spray a little then come back a few days later to asses the damage (Hopefully only to the suckers) and continue spraying if need be.

Smallaxe
05-29-2012, 07:19 AM
Or,,, cut the root off and take it up with the sucker... You want to kill that root either way, without killing the original tree...

Get Some...
05-29-2012, 09:50 AM
Suckers are a pain the the butt....

peanut54
05-31-2012, 12:59 PM
Ive had luck burning them with a torch too.

Turf Z
06-02-2012, 04:03 AM
Have read some things about using a propane torch... they are coming up in a mulch bed however.. would not want to change the appearance of the mulch

jbell36
06-03-2012, 01:35 AM
yeah suckers suck...i asked our extension office what can be done and they said not much, just keep cutting them off...our extension office isn't the best though...there is a chemical that can slow them down but they said something like round up or tordon will harm the tree itself...the torch idea seems interesting

Smallaxe
06-03-2012, 09:46 AM
As for prevention, it is usually a good idea not to fertilize or water too much... suckers are not usually found in the wild other than during unusually wet years...
It is a good idea to talk h.o.s out of the notion of irrigating landscapes...

Duekster
06-03-2012, 10:18 AM
What kind of tree. Some just do it and you clip them, others it is a sign of stress.