mesquite, ironwood

lightninrickSeptember 10, 2013

Is there a way to stop all the suckers from growing at the bottom of and on the trees. I have to cut them off 4 or 5 times a year.

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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I don't have either of these trees, but my chaste trees and lysilomas both send suckers up from the base. I don't think it's something you can stop; it's the nature of the trees.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 2:30PM
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If you can catch them early when very tender, and rub them off with a gloved hand, it seems to work much better than pruning.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:16PM
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How old are they? They might be suckering to protect their trunks from the sun.

I have a tree that suckered badly when it was first planted, but once it developed a shady canopy, it stopped.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:27PM
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I don't think there is any trump card for winning the battle on suckers, it seems like everything that does well here puts them out.

Olive, palo verde, mesquire, desert willow, ironwood, oleander, african sumac, and so many more.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 5:23PM
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