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Sweet Gum tree sprouting problem

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by J and M Mowing, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. J and M Mowing

    J and M Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I have a customer who has, what she calls, a Sweet Gum tree that has these spiney balls on it. We mow her yard and have recently noticed that the root system on this tree has produced a large number of small trash trees (?) growing up from the roots of this tree. The customer wants us to get rid of them, but I have no idea how to do it just short of using Round up. She would like keep the tree if possible, but I'm afraid if we use Round up, it will get into the roots system and kill the tree. Any ideas? Thanks
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    If it's in the yard, continue to mow them. If they are in a mulch bed, chances are that they are sprouts from the gumballs. Those can be sprayed with round up.

    I doubt they are root suckers, I don't recall seeing a sweet gum sucker, though I'm sure there's one out there that has....

  3. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    Snipper used properly would put an end to those balls in the first place. Use it and make some money with it. It's good stuff.

    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I agree. Very unlikely to be root suckers.

    Snipper does the trick quite nicely!

    In a mulch bed, I'd rather just (no pun intended) keep them snipped out with hand pruners.

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