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Old 08-19-2018, 07:18 AM   #16
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Moxie beat me to it. If you just keep mowing, eventually you'll starve out whatever life is left in the roots.

Very cool though, I've never seen such an aggressive tree! Usually I see shoots come up from the old trunk, never the whole root system.

Hey, Moxie, what's this crap about your location being in NY? I thought you were a Mainer! You know what we think of NY'ers here, right??
Ayuh,..... Born, 'n raised in Old Town,.....

Maineiacs, like the rest of the planet don't realize there's a Huge state here, that isn't NYC,.....
'ell,.... where I'm at now, is more desolate than Old Town,.....

Back when I was travelin' the country in my 18-wheeler, I never admitted to livin' in NY, 'n always said I'm a Maineiac,.....
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Moxie beat me to it. If you just keep mowing, eventually you'll starve out whatever life is left in the roots.
Well, that is certainly the easiest and cheapest option.

I'm guessing once the winter is here and that grass is under a few feet of snow, that that'll help too?!
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The suckers showed up in ONE WEEK.......Egads. My guess is that there were a lot of surface roots many feet away from the stump...and some how they were nicked, mowed, tilled or otherwise disturbed...and as a result, many suckers emerged. Sound possible ?
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A pair of hand pruners would be the best option to remove the tree shoots. Cut the tree sprouts as low as you can. You can also use sucker control products to get rid of the tree shoots. But you should use the sucker control products carefully as overuse can harm your tree/plant.
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Well, that is certainly the easiest and cheapest option.

I'm guessing once the winter is here and that grass is under a few feet of snow, that that'll help too?!
For what it's worth, you're not alone!

I took out a Brazilian Pepper tree here in California, and it did the same thing. Over the years it had also sent up shoots before I cut it down. It had also send out new shoots, though not as many as on your silver maple.

I applied glyphosate straight on as many of the shoots as I could. The softer greener ones died more quickly.

In your case, given the number of soft green shoots, I'd try putting a few drops of straight glyphosate (Roundup, KLeenup, etc) on as many of the shoots as possible. That should cut down the number of them. Then, keep dosing the remainder till they're all gone. I'd do my best to get them all; don't leave any. It'd also paint the stump with straight glyphosate or "Brush B Gone" which contains tricofyr.

Be patient, and persistent.

If you hate chemicals, you might want to try repeated repeated close mowings, too, thought that can take a while, possibly a long while.
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The suckers showed up in ONE WEEK.......Egads. My guess is that there were a lot of surface roots many feet away from the stump...and some how they were nicked, mowed, tilled or otherwise disturbed...and as a result, many suckers emerged. Sound possible ?
Ayuh,.... So, how often do you mow yer lawn,..?? weekly,..?? Bi-weekly,..??

Just keep mowin',.....
What yer seein' is the tree's last grasps at life,.....
It'll die out after awhile,.....
Then the old roots will rot, causin' ruts in the lawn, you'll have to fill in,....
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Ayuh,.... So, how often do you mow yer lawn,..?? weekly,..?? Bi-weekly,..??

Just keep mowin',.....
What yer seein' is the tree's last grasps at life,.....
It'll die out after awhile,.....
Then the old roots will rot, causin' ruts in the lawn, you'll have to fill in,....
That does work, sometimes.

Other times, you literally end up with a lawn of little bitty tree sprouts that, like zombies, refuse to die.
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We used Crossbow and it seems to have killed the elm and the shoots. But, snow is covering the ground now. Would someone write this down in the March calendar?
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We used Crossbow and it seems to have killed the elm and the shoots. But, snow is covering the ground now. Would someone write this down in the March calendar?
Thanks for the tip!

Crossbow might be a bit cheaper than Brush B Gon; both contain tricofyr.

Be warned, though that some plants are very hard to kill with weed killers, like Eucalyptus.
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