The Q&A Archives: Removing Pepper Trees

Question: I have several large pepper trees that I am unable to <br>kill. They keep coming back even if I cut them down to<br> ground level. I try to treat my yard organically since I live on the river. Any suggestions?

Answer: Pepper trees have become the nemisis of Florida. The seeds are spread by birds and they seem to be taking over in many sections of our state. <br><br>The only way I know to kill them is to cut them down. When the new growth starts, and while it is tender, apply Round-up to the new growth. Round-up may not be organic, but compared to other herbicides it is considered relatively safe and does not build up in the soil. I don't believe you will have any trouble with it getting into the river. Follow directions carefully on the container. You may need more than one application.<br><br>You could also check with Brevard Colunty Extension Service at (407)633-1702.

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