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generic_home_owner
Removed Tree from Backyard

Hi,

3 months ago, I had this large peppertree removed from my backyard. Grinded down the stump. But it still seems to be sprouting from the roots.

I've been using Bonide tump-Out Stump & Vine Killer Concentrate on the sprouts ever since, but it seems to still keep sprouting. Does anyone have any better idea to make sure the tree and roots die completely?

Thanks,

ed21
Re: Removed Tree from Backyard

Sounds like you are doing it right. Some trees are prone to sprouting. I had a pawlonia tree cut down that kept trying to send up shoots for 2 years. I didn't grind the stump though.

dj1
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A tree guy told me to use motor oil. Yes, motor oil - even used motor oil. Just cover the area where the shoots are popping up. See if it works.

generic_home_owner
Re: Removed Tree from Backyard
dj1 wrote:

A tree guy told me to use motor oil. Yes, motor oil - even used motor oil. Just cover the area where the shoots are popping up. See if it works.

That'd be kind of hard to do since I don't normally change my own car oil. I'll keep this in mind.

Clarence
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Use Copper Sulfate on the remaining root or new sprouts.
Also you can drive a copper nail in the remaining roots.

HoustonRemodeler
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Dumping motor oil on the ground qualifies as pollution round these parts.

Far be it for a Texan to waste good oil like that.

function
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HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Dumping motor oil on the ground qualifies as pollution round these parts.

Far be it for a Texan to waste good oil like that.

I had a letter in the mail just the other day advising myself, and all other homeowners in the area, that a long standing warehouse/industrial block in my area had contaminated the ground and likely the groundwater.
Living in the middle of a large city, my water will be contaminated by the local water department, but any water wells within 1mile of any direction are supposed to be tested.
Going to try to keep my motor oil in the car, the creosote plume in the ground at the superfund site three miles away is pollution enough for me.

generic_home_owner
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All good ideas. Yeah I will have to rethink the motor oil. I do intend to use the area to plant fruit trees in the future...

dj1
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Guys, please use common sense.

I never said to drench the roots with gallons of oil. Just smear some oil with a rag, that's all. There will be no contamination this way and the EPA won't come knocking on your door.

generic_home_owner
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I bought the blue copper sulfate powder. I mixed it with water and poured into ground where the sprouts are coming up. Am I using it right? How long will it take before I see the effect?

Forrest
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Drill the stump with 1/2" augger bit, about 8" deep or so, then pour salt and salt water mix down in. It should kill the root over time. And yes don't dump oil on the ground, shame on the person who suggested that!

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