We moved into our 2-story home in Lehi 1 year ago. The tree out front (which I planned to have my husband cut donw) has doubled in height since then. I don't know what kind of tree it is...medium size, darkish leaves. How do we (and when should we) cut it down to prevent it from sending up suckers?



Some trees send up suckers when they die, others don't.  Since I don't know what kind of tree you have, you can treat it as though it were the suckering kind.  Make a series of downward cuts around the trunk near the ground going through the bark.  Do this all around the tree.  Put drops of concentrated (not diluted) Roundup in these cuts.  The Roundup will be transported to the roots and kill them first, then the top will die.  It can take up to a couple of months for the tree to die.

Posted on 9 Jul 2008

Pat Fugal
Horticulture Assistant, Master Gardner, Utah County

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