How to kill cherry tree suckers without killing tree?
We have a cherry tree that is a royal pain. The cherries are few to non-existent, but appear to be Royal Ann or Rainier(?). They are a yellow cherry with pink blush.
My husband refuses to get rid of it because he grew up with it and it used to produce. It came from his Mom's yard (from a large sucker) and she is now deceased. So, I have to live with it. Unfortunately it puts out *very* long roots and suckers form along them. They have covered a large area of my yard. The ones that pop up in the lawn we have been able to control by mowing, but some hide and by the time we discover them they are 1 to 3 feet tall. If I just dig down and cut them off they just put up new shoots.
My question is, is there anything I can use to keep these from sprouting? If they do, is there anything I can maybe spray them with that will kill them but not kill the main tree?
I really hate--*really* hate this tree! But I love my hubby :o).
Any help would be greatly appreciated. We actually have two of these trees in different locations--an ongoing battle.