Trees as Weeds

I’m guessing this is a baby palm tree, but it was not planted by me. Likely, a seed was dropped by a bird and landed in the soil and began to germinate. IMG_1852In any case, these particular trees sometimes appear in various parts of my garden and even between cracks in my cement patio. Right now, I have a small number of them in my garden, like weeds, and sometimes it’s not practical to position a shovel to dig them out. Last year, I had one that grew too close to the foundation of my house so I had a tree removal specialist do it for me.

HOW TO: During my annual termite inspection this year, the nice man noticed one of these darn trees and said, “You can get rid of these, if small enough, by cutting off the above-ground growth and then spray Roundup on the cut part of the remaining stump to kill it.” Sure enough, this method has worked for me very well.

I sprayed Roundup Super Concentrate on the cut part and within a week, these little trees shriveled up and died. I would have never thought of such a strategy (many thanks to my pest guy for very helpful unsolicited advice!), but it’s interesting how I thought of these pesky trees as weeds and it turned out that a weed killer is also a (presumed) baby palm tree killer as well.

Don’t let these small trees get too large, though, because then it may take a professional (or you!) to dig them out, when a simple spray of Roundup may no longer be the right method of treatment.


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