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Weed Be Gone Max and Trees

Posted by missymar (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 19, 09 at 18:14

I feel so bad! Last spring, I planted a 4 ft. tall Japanese Red Maple in my front yard, and the leaves came in so beautiful, red, & full this spring. But being the big dummy, non-green thumb having person that I am, sprayed some Ortho Weed Be Gone Max in the area that surrounds the base of the Maple last weekend. The next day, a lot of the leaves, especially on the bottom were darkened & curled in. The whole tree looks a bit droopy now and the curled in leaves haven't begun to 'bounce back'.... Did I kill my tree or is it just in a temporary shock stage? It's been 8 days...... :(


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RE: Weed Be Gone Max and Trees

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 19, 09 at 18:29

Only time will tell.

Think this is one of the live-and-learn lessons of gardening.


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RE: Weed Be Gone Max and Trees

Update: Don't use Weed Be Gone Max around any plants, bushes or ornamental trees. My Red Maple survived, tho' some of the leaves on the bottom died, the tree is still alive. 2yr. old boxwoods - dead, 1 yr. old azaleas - dead, flowers that were planted ~ the timeframe of the Ortho. Max usage - dead. I live & I learn!


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RE: Weed Be Gone Max and Trees

Maples are shallow rooted. Wind drift can toast leaves that receive just a small amount of product. Use mulch, not product. SPOT treat weeds if you must for control. Less is more.
hortster


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RE: Weed Be Gone Max and Trees

I may have made the same mistake, but worse.

I just sprayed WBG on what I thought was a rather large weed coming out of the base of the trunk of our tree, only to discover that it is a a young branch with fresh leaves.

The tree is well-established and stands about 10ft. I can't tell you what kind it is, only that it's at least 20yr.s old and stands strong.

Have I started a slow death for this tree, or is there something I can do to prevent any damage?

Thank you...


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RE: Weed Be Gone Max and Trees

  • Posted by hortster 6A, southcentral KS (My Page) on
    Sat, May 22, 10 at 16:24

I would cut the branch off as low as possible or as flush to the branch collar as possible, ASAP, to (again, as much as possible) prevent the product from entering the rest of the tree.
hortster


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