How do I get rid of sumac bushes permenantly?

I have cut them back and it seems that 5 grow for every one cut. They are invading my yard.
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  • Lavonne Lavonne on Jun 01, 2017

    sometimes you have to resort to poison. After you cut them back, pour Roundup on the stumps. That will help kill the part living underground. You may experience new growth a little further away from the dead stump, but follow the same process and eventually the plant will die. Don't let the new growth get big. Big above ground means big underground.

  • Peggy Peggy on Jun 01, 2017

    A salt saturated solution used several times on the stumps will not only kill the bush but sterilize the soil so it cannot grow back. I have used table salt and water conditioner salt - will kill even bamboo!

  • Marcie Marcie on Jun 03, 2017

    THey are difficult to get rid of . I dug up a huge hill of sumac last summer - and the roots were massive! WE had to use a chain saw to get some of them out.

    I dug down and got most of the roots out, but they are coming back some this year. With a few years of maintenance and digging them out when I see them, I'll be home free. I don't want to use any kind of weed/root killer as I'm more organic, and want to plant in the same area right away.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 16, 2023

    Eradicating sumac through mechanical means requires chopping or mulching trees down as close to ground level as possible, removing saplings by hand, and mowing any root sprouts that break the surface.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 16, 2023

    You'll have to get rough with it, it is invasive and you'll have to get rid of the roots and then chemically kill it.

  • You have to get rid of the roots. dig it out and/or use salt.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 18, 2023

    Chemical Control: Since sumac tends to produce colonies of shoots from small sections of roots, it can be difficult to remove via cutting or other mechanical methods alone. Applying a chemical or herbicide can help eliminate invasive sumac. Fire: Burning is another method for getting rid of sumac

    Glyphosate 4 Plus Weed Killer Concentrate which will easily kill Poison Sumac. You can cut the plant back to a foot or so above ground level and apply a generous amount of the chemical for the best results.