Removing Pepper Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Melbourne, FL
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Question by dmpullin
January 29, 1998
I have several large pepper trees that I am unable to
kill. They keep coming back even if I cut them down to
ground level. I try to treat my yard organically since I live on the river. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
January 29, 1998
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.

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.

You could also check with Brevard Colunty Extension Service at (407)633-1702.

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