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I have one tree (not sure what kind) that is too close to the pavers and the roots were spreading and tearing everything up.



So I had a landscape company out to have it removed.





There are two problems.

Even the tree is all gone except for the root section, it is still growing and the bricks are getting uprooted and new shoots are still coming out of the stump.

I would like to extend the pavers and the roots are in the way. Is there something I can do besides the aggressive stump grinding? I seem to remember reading somewhere I can spray something on it to have it dry up and wilt, to a point I can easily remove the stump?
 

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Ayuh,.... Plain ole Bleach will kill the root,....

Just spray or paint it onto the exposed portion,...

I had a bad experience with house branded bleach last year, Clorox works though,....
 

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Concentrate Glyphosate mixed 1.6 oz./Qt. of water wiped on both sides of the new leaves with a sponge will kill the roots. Note: you will probably see new growth after treating the original new growth leaves. Be persistent.

Sometimes good things take a little longer.
 

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Drill lots of holes in the stump. keep filling it with weed killer....
This. I killed a crape myrtle stump with this method. I drilled the holes using a spade bit. Then filled the holes up with weed killer and put a cover over the stump to block off sunlight. I came back each day and filled the holes back up, for 3 or 4 days and left it covered for a few weeks. The stump never tried to come back. 3yrs later and the stump was cracking apart.
 

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Originally I had the tree removal company planned on removing the stump.

However it took longer than they had anticipated removing the tree, and then had a chainsaw.

They took it down to the base and couldn't go further. It looks small but it's bigger behind the dirt. I am still trying to take it down 3" so I can put pavers over it.

Will drilling and putting weed killer, bleach etc...work even with non-exposed portions of the root? For example, the tree root is pushing up in spots 4, 5, 6 bricks inside of the edge with a new shoot just 2 days ago. I removed four bricks and snipped the shoot and put them back. So if this root system is widespread, will doing that drill and treat thing kill the whole thing?
 

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No matter what method you choose to kill it, removal of any stump residue will need to take place. If you don't totally remove it and compact soil back to the compaction of surrounding soil, the pavers will sink as the organic matter de-composes. Dead or alive, for success, the stump needs to be removed.
 
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