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Tree Stumps

28 Jun, 2021

Removing 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 Solution

Cut back the growth and dig up the roots. Depending on how large the root system is you may need a small digger to pull them up.


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.

Chemical Solution

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.


Option 2

Cut back regrowth and immediately apply Cut’n’Paste MetGel. More care needs to be taken with this technique 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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