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Preventing Maple Trees From Basal Sprouting

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From: Connie King
Creve Coeur, IL
When is the best time of year to cut maples when they will not regrow from the trunk?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Connie:

Depending on the size and age of your maple tree, there is a good probability that the tree will resprout from the stump. Applying herbicide to a freshly cut stump is the best method to ensure the stump won't resprout on you in the future. During the growing season (leaf-on), cut the tree flush at the ground level and apply glyphosate (e.g., Roundup) to the fresh stump [read and follow the directions on the herbicide label].

It is important that you use a glyphosate product that has ~ 41% active ingredient. The $8 spray bottle of Roundup you buy at the local garden center likely won't provide the results you are looking for because the % active ingredient is too low; therefore shop around to the find the appropriate glyphosate product.

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