Tree Removal Issues - I'm losing the War - Knowledgebase Question

Edwardsville, Il
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Question by erinvaughn
March 30, 2010
I lost a tree in an ice storm. I paid a company to chip the stump away. However, sproutlets from the tree are appearing everywhere. I dug the area back up & removed more of the root structure. It didn't work. The sproutlets are growing in my lawn and winning the war. I don't know what to do to kill the root structure without killing my grass. Any suggestions are greatly be appreciated. :- )

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2010
The company you hired should have dug the roots in addition to grinding the stump. I'm afraid that the roots left in the ground will continue to send up suckers until the roots themselves eventually run out of stored energy. It's just the nature of the beast. Although you can cut the suckers down as soon as they appear and paint full strength Round Up or Brush B Gon on the stubs, you'll have to be persistent and it may take several years to completely kill out the roots. There is a product on the market called Sucker Stopper that you can substitute for the Round Up and it is not as damaging to turfgrass as Round Up can be. Round Up is a vegetation killer and will kill any grass it touches. Wish I had better news for you!

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