MESQUITE TREE - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by LRQUIZER
August 2, 2010
hi we have a huge project ahead-new yard- area just cleared.we are in a new area with many mesquite trees, we have new mesquite growths popping up all over the yards and they have many thorns. how do we kill these for good?
we are in the southeast corner of New Mexico

Answer from NGA
August 2, 2010
The best way to stop the suckering growth is to dig out all the roots. If you don't, you'll be fighting the suckers for years to come. Of course digging out all the old roots isn't always possible so you can try plan "B". I've had good success with the following process: cut each sucker as it emerges from the ground and immediately paint the stub with Round Up. The product will be transported down to the root and will kill off that part of the root. This process takes 2-3 years but it is effective. As long as you keep the suckers cut down before they develop leaves, and you paint the stubs with Round Up, the roots will eventually run out of stored energy and will die out. Best wishes with your new yard!

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