The Q&A Archives: Brazilian Pepper

Question: I am about to cut the INVASIVE trees in a church's lawn. After cutting them down to their stum, what can i use eliminate the stum, and keep it from regrowing again?

Answer: You're right - the stumps and the roots will resprout soon after you cut down the pepper trees. The only sure way of stopping this is to have someone come in and grind the stumps and the roots. Failing that you can try killing the stump by treating the freshly cut stump with Round Up or Brush B Gon. This is not always successful, but it might be worth a try. If any suckers sprout from the roots or the stump, cut them down as soon as they appear. The roots will expend energy to send up these suckers and if you keep cutting them down as soon as they appear, the roots will eventually run out of energy and will die. Good luck with your project!

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