Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HELP! Any Suggestions?

This picture doesn't show clearly the problem in this flower bed. It is a nice bed of azalea plants (about 3 1/2 feet tall) that has a number of unwanted trees (they're the scraggly lookings things on the top) growing up through the bushes. I keep clipping the trees back but that only makes them come back thicker. I've tried to dig them out but many are lodged up against the azalea roots and others I just can't get to. This is an annoying problem that I have to keep addressing, and as you can see by the photo I haven't addressed it in quite some time. Any suggestions on how to rid this bed, once and for all, of these unwanted trees would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!


Meems said...

susan: wish i could help. i am baffled as you are at your dilemma. the only thing i can think to do is get as close to the stray shrubs as you can and saw them out (you may have to lose a portion of the azalea temporarily). the only way to keep them from coming back is to kill them somehow- but you know that. sorry- not much help.

Susan said...

Meems...Thanks for the advice. I never thought about sawing them off down low. At least that will keep them from returning so quickly. :-)

Anonymous said...

Cut them at close to ground level, then carefully paint the cut area with undiluted Round-Up.

If it works on Brazilian pepper, it oughtta work on those trees.

I'm no fan of Roundup, either - but it has its uses... Everything in moderation, they say.

Susan said...

thingfish23...Thanks for your two cents. I will pull the Round-up out from the back of the shelf and give it a shot. Anything, to eliminate this problem. By the way, enjoyed your pic on Pure Florida dock. Sounds like you had a great visit!

Anonymous said...

I have had good luck cutting trees like that close to the ground, pouring a 1/2" or so of round-up into an empty film canister that has a hole punched into the lid, seal canister after filling and turn upside down to slip over the freshly cut, exposed tree trunk.

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