Torch em, die suckers die!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Triple R, May 25, 2006.

  1. Triple R

    Triple R LawnSite Member
    Posts: 244

    Can you solve this problem? A property I maintain has 12 muti-trunk trees that I think were originally huge shrubs. The bottom of the canopies are kept 6' high. Now here is the problem, the trunks produce suckers like crazy and I have to remove them about every 4-6 weeks and it takes over an hour each time I do it. I was thinking of using a propane torch to kill the suckers as they sprout but don't know if this will damage the plant. I figure that it shouldn't take much heat on the new growth versus the bark. I have also heard of "Sucker Stopper" by Monterey Chemichal but have not found anyone that carries it and don't know what results I would get. Any suggestions other than removing the trees?
     
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    A chainsaw right at the bottom would solve your troubles for a while:laugh: .
    All kidding aside, I believe Lesco sells that "Sucker Stopper" stuff. Their salesmen are very helpful most of the time.
     

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