The Q&A Archives: Oak tree saplings multiplying like bunnies!!!!!

Question: I have a huge oak in my yard and underneath/around where wind has blown, we have a million little saplings coming up. I cannot possibly pull them up by hand in order to get the roots, so could you recommend a way to get rid of them? There is no grass in this area to be concerned with (thankfully). I need this info. ASAP please as my yard help will be here on Monday. One more thing, I have poison ivy mixed in with azaleas and shrubs in my beds that cannot be treated individually. What product could I use to rid the poison ivy that will not harm my flowers/shrubs? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Answer: If the saplings are from sprouting seeds, you can use a vegetation killer to get rid of them; if they are sprouting from the roots of the oak tree, you'll need to pull or cut them off at ground level. If you use an herbicide, it will be translocated throughout the tree and could cause death. I think I'd opt for using a weed whacker to get rid of them!

There's a landscape firm in California that successfully uses a combination of techniques (cutting, burning, spot-herbicide applications and grazing goats!) to vanquish poison ivy. If there isn't someone in your area that can provide this service, probably the only way you are going to get rid of the poison ivy is to use a systemic herbicide (such as "Weed-Be-Gone"). Call your Solid Waste District to find a safe place to discard the dead plant material. You'll need to stay on patrol to keep any stray escapees from returning to the site (it may be worth your while to invest in a flame weeder for this purpose). Once you've conquered the poison ivy then put down a thick layer of compost

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