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Stinktree control

 
Cynndara Morgan
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Would anyone here have any ideas on how to handle a Stinktree infestation? Normally, I wouldn't want to remove volunteer trees. But these things took over a slope where I had intended to plant the blueberries while I was trying to recover from the stock market crash, and not only are they invasive suckering pests that smell bad, but apparently that smell is a natural herbicide that kills anything trying to grow under or around them. Seems to me that the shredded wood ought to carry a premium as mulch for suburbanites in hock to Monsanto, but my research indicates that chopping 'em down just keeps them coming, and coming . . .
 
Morgan Morrigan
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Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
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good luck !
lye knocks em down for a year, but it is a serious poison.
pro's take a hatchet, cut in 4 or 5 notches, and paint poison in the knocks.
don't completley cut down tree, or girdle it, it sends a signal to the roots to put out suckers !

search for paradise tree, alley tree, and tree of heaven on the site.

http://www.permies.com/t/9273/organic-sustainable-practices/kill-siberian-elm-tree-heaven
 
Cynndara Morgan
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Ah! Solutions! GOATS! Goats are already on the agenda for dealing with the blackberry suckers. First, hire Chainsaw Man to remove the big/tall trunks. Second, hack and paint stumps and remaining sprouts/saplings. Third, bring in goats in the spring when they start to sprout again. Hack and paint anything that goats refuse to eat. Repeat. Ad infinitum, probably. Like the damned burdock and blackberry. I never expected it to be easy. This place is my permanent weight-loss treatment.
 
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