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by pmprincipal on April 17, 2006 09:22 AM
I have a flowering tree that has so many suckers coming out of the base of the tree that it looks matted. What can I do to get rid of these and not kill the tree?
by The Plant Doc on April 17, 2006 10:26 AM
Snipping them off at the base with a pair of hand clippers would be your best bet.

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by peppereater on April 17, 2006 11:05 AM
I agree 100%. It won't hurt, it will only help.

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by pmprincipal on April 17, 2006 08:11 PM
I have tried cutting them, but they still return. They are so many of them that they are choking out the other plants in the bed surrounding the bed. Any other suggestions? Thank you for your replies!
by The Plant Doc on April 18, 2006 07:41 AM
The plant will continue to push out new sucker growth. That is just the nature of the beast. You can try laying down one of those rubber mulch mats around the trunk, that may help, but there is no chemical solution out there, that will not harm the tree.

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by Longy on April 18, 2006 01:08 PM
Try rubbing them off by hand while they are small and green instead of cutting them after they get bigger. It may take them back closer to the trunk. If you keep on top of them while they are very small you will have less work to do. Works for citrus.

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by kyjoy on April 19, 2006 03:49 AM
I'm sorry. When I asked my Serviceberry question I didn't realize this topic had already been started.

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