Asked on Jul 20, 2019

How can I remove small tree saplings growing in my flowerbeds & lawn?

Jan ClarkLittle Sprouts LearningNancy Turner


Some of these saplings are about as tall as I am. I am not that tall, but goodness gracious they are bothersome. Please help!!!!

4 answers
  • Hi Kathleen, the best way to handle them would be to pull them out. Cutting them at the base will just encourage their growth. Hope this helps!

  • Nancy Turner
    on Jul 21, 2019

    You have to pull them up before they get too big. I cut the ones off that I can't pull and keep cutting off any new growth. I do put weed killer on the fresh cuts to help kill the roots. Eventually they do die off from lack of vitamin D from the sun (no photosynthesis).

  • Little Sprouts Learning
    on Jul 21, 2019

    Pull them out or dig them out and make sure to get all the roots. THey can be a real pain!

  • Jan Clark
    on Jul 21, 2019

    Yes, you're going to have to dig as much as you can - and get them out ASAP. Saplings should be pulled as soon as you recognize what's growing. Some trees & shrubs send rootlets out beneath the surface and then send a shoot up. If that's the case, you have to dig those out and cut the connecting root as far back to the mother as possible. Lawns are a bit easier because you can just keep them mowed often enough that they won't develop. Flower beds take a bit more effort.

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