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killing an unwanted tree.
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I have a volunteer maple tree that chose to grow right next to my basement wall.   I kept cutting it down from the time it was a sapling, and it just sets out 6 more trunks and keeps growing...I figure the only way to stop it now is with a herbicide.
A product called Spike is supposed to do the job.
Question, this tree is growing through my organic dirt bed that I use for my gardens.  Will this spike leach into the surrounding soil and be deadly to my plants/vegetables/me?
How should I handle this...If I move back the surrounding soil, will that protect the soil from contamination?

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Re: killing an unwanted tree.
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 02:11:00 PM »
Is the volunteer a water shoot off a larger tree?  If the volunteer is still on the small side I would dig it out.  It would save the risk of contaminating your soil with unwanted chemicals.  I'm not familiar with Spike. You may want to confer with a good nurseryman and also read the label a couple times to be sure.  Good Luck!!


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Re: killing an unwanted tree.
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 07:12:15 PM »
I'm not sure. What is a water shoot?  I know it isn't a tap root shoot, because when I dig them up to repot they aren't connected to anything..No, if I remember correctly I think they are from those winged seeds.

I can try to dig it out, but if the roots are as long as the tree is tall, it's not gonna happen.

If I just keep cutting the above ground part off, will the roots stop growing?

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2007, 03:59:58 AM »
A water shoot is what you called a tap root shoot.  Your tree is probably  from a seed.  If you dig it out the roots should not grow back. Very rarely does that happen with maples.  At my old place I had them volunteer all over the place. Worst pain was in the orchard area because they grew right next to the young fruit trees.


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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2007, 04:09:30 AM »
That WOULD be a pain, taking nutrients away from the fruit trees, and getting them out with out damaging the roots to the good trees while you did it....

Maples grow fast, particularly my Japanese Red....Almost as fast as black Cherry.


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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2007, 04:11:38 AM »
What I may do is try to get under the main growth area and hook a chain around it and pull with my riding lawn mower....Watch Suzi-q coming down the road on her mower dragging an endless length of tree root.LOL


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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2007, 04:12:59 AM »
Yeah, I just remembered a VERY good reason I do not want to use chemical on that tree....That is also where I am growing a gazillion fishing worms.

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2007, 05:00:39 AM »
If it's not too big it may dig easy. Or combine the digging and tractor...chop the side roots and pull the rest.

Worms are a great benefit to organic gardening. Never a lack of fishing bait!

I will admit I do use chemicals on my friend Poison Ivy!