Carrotwood Tree Offshoots - Knowledgebase Question

Jupiter, Fl
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Question by ehustons
October 5, 2009
I had a Carrotwood tree cut down but I am now getting a large number of offshoots growing up from the root system. How do I get rid of and prevent more offshoots from occuring without digging up the roots? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
October 5, 2009
As long as the roots have stored energy they will attempt to regrow and will send up suckers. If you keep the suckers cut down before they develop leaves, you'll eventually starve out the roots and they will die. Or, you can paint Brush B Gon or Round Up on the stubs, as soon as you cut down a sucker. These products will be transported to the roots and eventually will kill them. You may be cutting suckers for a few years but eventually the roots will die out. The alternative is to have the stump ground and the roots remove. Wish I had a simpler solution to the problem!

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