Removing small unwanted trees - Knowledgebase Question

Burnsville, Mi
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Question by jack_yebo
May 4, 2010
I have a lawn full of a lot of small maple tree seedlings. Most of them look like they've been there for several seasons and have just been mowed over, so their root systems are already pretty deep. How can I most effectively get rid of these trees without destroying the flowerbeds and lawn that they are growing in?

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010
That's a difficult situation. Digging is probably the best approach but you may be able to use a vegetation killer on each and every little stub to kill it down to the roots. This would entail cutting the stem (you'll need a fresh cut) and then painting Round Up or Brush B Gon directly on the freshly cut stub. Any runoff will damage your lawn and any product that touches your perennials will damage them so apply the herbicide carefully. It's labor intensive but effective in getting rid of unwanted plants. Best wishes with your project.

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