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Old 07-23-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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I had a tree of heaven (alanthus) cut down and now it is spouting new trees out of the roots and stump and it even spouted a new shoot out of a cut log waiting to dry to burn after a month of being cut down. I have tried round up - no effect and I don't want to do diesel or kerosine, I have well for water. I just tried iron fillings on the advice of the tree guy that cut it down, if this doesn't work what else can I do to kill it?
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I have the same problem with 2 walnut and 2 Siberian Elm trees I had cut down last summer. They're sprouting new trees.

I was told that once the stumps are ground down, it will quit happening.
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I did it wrong I should have killed the tree first and then cut it down. I did more research on nps.gov/plants. they have a cut stump method of killing it, so I don't want to grind out the stump and lose my access point to the root system until it's dead.
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That's good to know.
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I don't know where my post is, but I asked a similar question a while ago.
I had a piece of property that had many of these problem trees. Through research and experimentation, I discovered most of these trees come from the root system of the "mother tree". You must find the mother tree, remove and drill some 1/2" or larger holes in the stump. Fill with as much Roundup as possible and it is supposed to kill all feeding smaller trees. It is sometimes referred to as "injection kill". I would also suggest a plastic cover over the stump.
I am sorry to say that I really do not know the results from my actions because that was at a property that was sold nearly two years ago. I could contact the new owners or drive by and let you know.
And BTW---There are cautions about cutting these trees up. You can receive a serious heart condition if any of the sap comes into contact with an open wound
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I am doing the injection kill with super concentrated roundup ($115.00 per gallon) and it's working, no more new trees starting out of the roots in the yard. I plan to keep going for the rest of the summer or until I run out of chemical.
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