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Old 06-07-2008, 12:20 PM
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Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the base, how do I stop it re-shooting?
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On Sun, 6 Jul 2008 12:20:32 +0100, BigKev
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Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do
anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the
base, how do I stop it re-shooting?



You can pull out the stump (obviously). I prefer to cut the tree low
enough such that the mower can safely move over the stump. Most
plants, including trees, can not live long without leaves. I have the
remains of a sourwood tree I cut down last summer and it is sprouting
up all over within 20 feet of the stump. It's not too difficult to
trim these once a month.
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Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do
anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the
base, how do I stop it re-shooting?


Treat the stump when cut with any approved herbicide.


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BigKev wrote:
Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do
anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the
base, how do I stop it re-shooting?





Not a perfect solution: Just keep cutting off the shoots that come up.
This may go on for several months (or more) but eventually it will stop.
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On Sun, 06 Jul 2008 10:54:51 -0400, Bill R
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BigKev wrote:
Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do
anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the
base, how do I stop it re-shooting?





Not a perfect solution: Just keep cutting off the shoots that come up.
This may go on for several months (or more) but eventually it will stop.



I think this is the best solution--keep mowing over it. The other
(chem-free) method is trunk removal--hard work, but you can hire a
stump-removal specialist.
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"Bill R" wrote in message
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Not a perfect solution: Just keep cutting off the shoots that come up.
This may go on for several months (or more) but eventually it will stop.



When I moved into my current home last year there were two gigantic
Paulownias in the front yard. I had them taken out and the stumps ground out
thoroughly before we even unloaded the moving van.
Now, 15 months later we are still seeing "root shoots".

I am very impressed with these trees will to live- it is amazing to see
sprouts on the other side of the driveway still popping up. 15 months later
and I am still cutting sprouts three times a week. They have slowed down
somewhat, but are still coming on strong and I suspect I'll still be
battling them next year.

Nature is amazing.

FWIW I had a silver maple taken the same time and the stump left intact and
have seen nothing.

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Old 06-07-2008, 07:55 PM posted to rec.gardens
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In article , BigKev
wrote:

Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to

doanything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to thebase,

how do I stop it re-shooting?-- BigKev

Physical removal of the sprouts is the only thing guaranteed to work in
the very long run (about three years). The various chemical methods are
not worth the risks for the slight effect, as shoots will almost certainly
still appear perhaps fewer in number and still require manual removal for
three years. But if you insist on chemicalizing the yard, a sprouting tree
requires "translocation" herbicides that do more than blacken the leaves
and get some of the living root as well -- maples, cherries, elms can even
start sprouting ten or fifteen feet away along the surface roots if the
parent trunk is gone.

Grinding the stump flat to the ground so shoots can be mowed is in some
environments useful. Occasionally a well-sprouted maple stump makes an
attractive multi-stemmed shrub, pruned for looks, always removing any
upright branch that is trying to become a leader, since if a new tree
arises from a stump it tends to be susceptible to disease and blow-down.
If your maple was a grafted cultivar, the rootstock won't be the same tree
(many Japanese maple cultivars are grafted onto "wild" or old-cultivar
greenleaf Japanese maple rootstock) so the sprouts trained as a shrub will
be more vigorous than the failed cultivar. If it's a wild silver maple or
the like it'll be the same tree except shrubby without a central trunk.

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BigKev wrote:
Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do
anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the
base, how do I stop it re-shooting?






I paint the freshly-cut surface of the stump (on saplings, up to 2"
diameter) with full-strength "Brush-B-Gon" herbicide -- the one that has
"triclopyr" as the active ingredient.

If you have 41% or stronger glyphosate herbicide (like RoundUp®) that
works pretty well too.

Both of these chemicals are relatively nontoxic and are broken down in
the soil fairly rapidly.

Or you can just keep mowing down the suckers as they pop up for the next
year or two until the tree eventually gives up.

Bob
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OK - I'll just keep mowing over it - thanks.
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On Jul 6, 7:20*am, BigKev wrote:
Hi - I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn that has failed to do
anything much and it must go.

If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches thick) to the
base, how do I stop it re-shooting?

--
BigKev


even if you dig out the stump, shoots can come up from what's left of
the roots. you have to make sure to murder it with a herbicide to the
stump before you remove the stump. i speak from experience.
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(paghat) wrote:
BigKev wrote:
I have a small maple in the middle of my lawn
If I cut the trunk (which is only a couple of inches
thick) to thebase, how do I stop it re-shooting?


Grinding the stump flat to the ground.


It's a TWO inch caliper maple tree... can hardly call that a stump,
how do you grind a two inch stump, with a Dremel... shouldn't take
more than 10 minutes with a garden spade for a 90 pound weakling to
dig it out. *BIG*Kev.. you gotta be kidding.

This is two inches: |..............2".............|

I got some zuchinni in my garden with bigger stumps! G
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:42 AM posted to rec.gardens
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Can you stand to leave the tree another year or two? If so, just ring the
bark low on the tree and be sure to destroy a complete ring of cambium (the
thin cells under the bark). (I'd cut this a couple of inches wide).
In a year or two, you'll find the tree no longer
leafs out, and you can simply cut the trunk at ground level.


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Old 09-07-2008, 10:18 AM
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I've cut it down to ground level.

I don't think it's going to sprout back. Already looks dead. Leaves are curled up and crispy.

The doge have been using it as a urination point and have killed the grass around the bottom. Probably killed the tree too.
 




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