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apple tree sprouts

Posted by laura_new_gardener Indiana (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 20, 06 at 12:30

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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RE: apple tree sprouts

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 20, 06 at 23:06

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.

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