|I have trimmed desert broom plants to within 2-4 inches of the ground. Most of the plants were full size, 4-5 feet up to 1 inch thick branches. Some of them are re-grown from past cutbacks. They are in a developed desert area, mostly Palo Verde, Mesquite and creosote as the closest neighbor plants I don't really want to use a ground clear type herbicide.Is there any way to prevent regrowth?
|Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010
|Digging the roots is probably not something you're interested in doing, but it will prevent the brooms from resprouting. An alternative is to use a product such as Round Up (glyphosate) or Brush B Gon and simply paint the herbicide on the stumps immediately after cutting. It works best on fresh cuts and I find it works fastest in the fall when the roots are storing energy for new growth. Just cut, paint, and cover the stubs with a plastic baggie (to slow evaporation). Hope it works as well for you as it does for me!
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