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removal of suckers around base of tree

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mr mow, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    One of my mowing customers asked me today if there was something she could spray on the suckers growing all around the base of here tree,is there?
  2. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    actually ill get a pic tomarrow cause they might not be suckers
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,193

    I tried Sucker stopper and it sorta worked but not good enough to stop the growth entirely. I had to spray several times. Trim them off...
  4. I got PO'd at them and started spraying them with Roundup! And it seems to be slowing the regrowth. Cutting them off only seemed to stimulate regrowth. I'd dig back the mulch and really cut them off deep too.
    This has been on mostly crabapples.
    It doesn't seem to be hurting the trees. The Roundup doesn't seem to translocate any further than the suckers.
    This hasn't been recommended to me by anyone, and I'm not recommending it to anyone else. Maybe it's the phenomenol growth rate we have here keeps it from killing the trees.
    It seems to be working. I've been trying it for about a month.
    Anyone else tried this? Am I flirting with disaster?
  5. bumper

    bumper LawnSite Member
    from So. Cal
    Posts: 187

    Yep, you're weakening the trees natural ability to protect itself against disease and pest.

    Usually sucker growth is the trees reponse to damage, pests, to gather more light and or water. I would look the tree over for any of the above issues

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