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Name: Alda yarbrough
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cillay
Sep 20, 2015 11:23 AM CST
My neighbor has tallow trees in his field and they are now coming up into my yard. Is there some way to poison them? I am not strong enough to use power tools so cutting is not an option. Help me please. Cillay
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 21, 2015 9:20 AM CST
I find Chinese Tallow Tree (Triadica sebifera) popping up on occasion but I just yank them before they get to a large size. Cutting them down will not completely eradicate them, because they send up new shoots from the roots.

This site offers information and says to apply a herbicide to the base in late summer or early fall but apparently just one application won't work. http://www.texasinvasives.org/... This site says that continued monitoring and control are necessary because of their ability to re-sprout following top kill: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/...

You might try calling your County Agricultural Extension office or Forestry Service to see if they'd have suggestions regarding your neighbors field. It seems like a waste of time if they remain on his property because they will continue to spread and spread and spread.
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