stump painting

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by AthensAndy, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. AthensAndy

    AthensAndy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Hello. New here.
    In the past I have cut unwanted trees at the base and painted the stumps with glyphosate to get rid of them. What is the latest alternative? Is 10% vinegar strong enough?
    Any help is appreciated. Andy
  2. Garden Panzer

    Garden Panzer Banned
    from Seattle
    Messages: 313

    Where I live trees flourish....
    After a logging op, no matter how small or big, we paint the stump with RoundUp/TriMec
    I don't know of any ORGANIC way to deal with resprouts....
    I'd like to learn, as fire don't work!
  3. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    The ONLY way you are going to get rid of a stump is to grind it out or use dynamite!
  4. ScCo

    ScCo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    grind it down far enough where you can topsoil and seed over it...only way I know of to get rid of it.

    had three stumps on my own property that had to be done that way this weekend.
  5. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I think Triclopyr may be a more appropriate chemical for stumps.
    I used to use a lot of it on 1-2" stumps from chopping off tree sprouts.
    Now I try to remove them using a Weedwrench. This is a COOL tool!
    I have the medium size and have pulled hundreds of tree sprouts with it.
    WAY easier than digging out with a shovel.
    One thing about Triclopyr - it is not good to get it in your eyes.
    Like glyphosate, I think it is supposed to break down in the soil before too long. So maybe not one of the worst chemicals to use - but then there is the danger to the applicator - you don't want to go blind. I would use a small round paint brush to apply it.
  6. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    That weed wrench hurts whenit gets in your eye also I bet :)
  7. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    Well I haven't managed to get that thing in my eye - but it is a big ol' heavy metal tool and it is possible to get hurt with it. But really it is one of my very favorite tools. I used to wear myself out digging out small trees and I never liked using chemicals and leaving unsightly stumps behind. If you don't have a weed wrench - get one!

    Its funny how so many yards have weed trees growing all around the edges, along fences where people have neglected to weedeat and the mower can't get them. I've made some money cleaning up big messes along fencelines....
  8. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Looks like a decent product that I would be interested in.

    I have not ever gotten herbicides in my eye either -- so thankfully my eyesight is safe both ways :)

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