How to Kill Aspen Trees

Save

Aspen trees have a built-in survival mechanism that allows their root system to spread underground, continuously sprouting new trees. Therefore, if a forest fire kills a group of them, for example, aspen trees can quickly recover. But it's understandable if you don't want an entire aspen forest taking over your backyard. To avoid that situation, diligently kill the entire root system with the aid of herbicide and sharp garden tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw
  • Shears
  • Herbicide
  • Shovel
  • Cut down aspen tree sprouts and the mother tree.

  • Apply an herbicide that contains the chemical triclopyr or glyphosate to the fresh cuts on the stumps that are left. Spray the herbicide immediately following the cutting, as it won't work on healed wounds.

  • Loosen the soil around the sprouts to remove their root system from the ground along with the sapling. Cut the root from the rest of the system. Use this step if you wish to keep the mother tree, as the herbicide you apply to the attached sprouts is likely to injure it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you leave an aspen tree standing, you will have to continue to kill the sprouts to control propagation.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit aspen upward image by Lee O'Dell from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Remove Aspen Stumps

    Aspens are attractive, fine-leaved deciduous trees, found in forests and the home landscape. Aspen trees propagate from seed, but primarily from suckers...

  • How to Kill Roots

    The roots of a plant or tree feed the vegetation and keep it growing. When you discover an unwanted plant in your...

  • How to Get Rid of Tree Sprouts in Grass

    When you think of weeds, the first thing that comes to mind may be dandelions, crabgrass and other leafy plants. But trees...

  • How to Kill Tree Sprouts

    Trees are tenacious plants, and often their removal requires more than just a chainsaw. Some trees send out suckers from their root...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!