apple tree sprouts

laura_new_gardenerJune 20, 2006

We cut down an apple tree in our yard (2 yrs.ago) to make room for a flower bed, but now in the area that the large canopy of branches covered, I keep getting little apple tree sprouts, they are really persistent! They look like potato eye sprouts except they are dark red/purple. I think it must be the root system trying to make a comeback. The sprouts come up through the thick wood chip mulch and are everywhere. Is there a way to get rid of them? I try to pick them when I can, but I'm afraid they will take over if I let them be!

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

You can continue to remove them every time you see them, and you will eventually starve the roots that remain in the ground. Overall, it's likely to take 2 or 3 yeears.

Or, you can cut off each new sprout, then imediately paint the cut surface of the stump with a systemic herbicide such as Roundup or Blackberry & Brush Killer. This method is likely to take a year.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2006 at 11:06PM
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