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Name: Alda yarbrough
Tx. (Zone 8a)
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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
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 9b)
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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. This site says that continued monitoring and control are necessary because of their ability to re-sprout following top kill:

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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