Tree Stumps

28 Jun, 2021

Removing unwanted trees is a great way to open up space on your property.

However, the stump or underground root systems can still sprout new growth. Some trees can even grow from small pieces of root left behind.

These can include but are not limited to privet, crack willow, bush wattle, coral trees, alder trees, and woolly nighshade.

Physical Control

Cut the upper growth off the tree, then dig around the stump, exposing as many roots as possible. Use a chainsaw, hatchet, or handsaw to cut the larger roots out. Once you've cut all of the roots around the stump, lift and remove the stump from the ground. Fill the hole with dirt and cover it with topsoil or mulch.

This job may require professional help, in which case you can engage a stump grinder.

To keep woody weeds at bay, see the Plant Doctor’s advice on Bamboo, Gorse, Brush Wattle, Coral Trees and Woolly Nightshade.

Other Treatment

Option 1

After cutting back the stump, mix one part Yates Woody Weedkiller to five parts water and paint generously onto the freshly cut stump. Each stem or stump needs to be treated.

If the stump has started to regrow, spray the new growth with Yates Woody Weedkiller. It may need repeated applications until the roots die back. This is best on trees that sprout from the stump, such as privet, willow and poplar.

Take care when spraying this product, as it can easily travel in the wind, via spray drift damaging nearby plants. Roses and Tomatoes are particularly susceptible.

When using sprays and chemicals always read the label and follow instructions carefully. Spray in the evening to avoid harming beneficial insects.

Option 2

Cut back regrowth and immediately apply Cut’n’Paste MetGel.

Care needs to be taken when using this product, as the active ingredient, Metsulfuron Methyl, can spread through the soil and affect nearby plants. For best results use sparingly and avoid spilling the gel on the ground.

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