How to Kill Russian Olive Trees

Mowing may help to control Russian olive tree populations.
Mowing may help to control Russian olive tree populations. (Image: Woman trying to mow yard with manual mower image by bawinner from

Russian olive trees are native to Europe and western Asia, but they are also common in the United States. They were brought to the U.S. in the 19th century as ornamental plants, but the trees--and sometimes shrubs--grow wildly and reproduce without human aid. The Russian olive tree is considered an invasive weed and proper control methods must be used to keep them from taking over an area, including your lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Weed wrench
  • Hand saw
  • Cut stump herbicide
  • Lawnmower

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Soak the ground around Russian olive tree seedlings. This will help to loosen the roots from the soil.

Pull from the base of the seedling upward to completely remove it from the ground. Remove all of the seedlings this way.

Dispose of the seedlings in the trash to prevent them from taking root elsewhere in your yard.

Remove immature trees--larger than seedlings--with a weed wrench, which you can find at a garden supply or home improvement store.

Cut thick branches and stalks with a handsaw. Cut them as closely to the ground as possible.

Apply a cut stump herbicide to the cut ends of the thick branches immediately after cutting them. This will prevent regrowth, as long as the directions on the packaging are followed exactly.

Mow your yard regularly to keep the seedlings from growing. When they do sprout up, pull them before they have a chance to grow.


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