You probably expect to locate uninvited offspring seedlings growing under the adult tree in your yard. Many people happily regard these young plants as free trees. As for seedlings of unknown origin poking out of the dirt, you may or might not be pleased to obtain these questionable presents in the wind, birds or other wildlife. Tree seeds are designed to get about. Regrettably, a tree that starts to root in a tree on your yard might very well mature into a specimen that you may not find desirable. You are better off getting rid of it while it is still small and relatively easy to get rid of.
Check your landscape weekly during the growing season for unwelcome tree sprouts. Begin early spring, even if you’re still anticipating frost locally.
Pull fresh tree seedlings up from the roots and then destroy them immediately. If you identify a seedling as a freebie which you would like to keep, leave it where it is and nurture it. Dig it up and pot it if you’re not happy with the plant’s present location. It is possible to relocate it into a more suitable spot in your landscape whenever the ground is workable.
Permit a bigger or more stubborn side seedling tree to grow unmolested if you’re unable to pull this up. Leave it alone until it becomes established and leafs out well. Cut off the stem about two inches above ground level with pruning shears while the plant is actively growing between late May and early September.
Employ a powerful systemic herbicide like glyphosate generously into the plant’s cut surface straight away. The simplest way to do this is using a foam paintbrush. The living plant tissues exposed by the cut quickly absorb substances like herbicides. The toxin will travel in the cut into the roots and also the young tree will die soon.
Discard or destroy unwanted pulled tree starts. Don’t toss them on the compost heap, where they can easily take root and start to climb again.
Mow seedlings if there are too many to pull or to bargain with singly. Many trees scatter seeds prolifically, producing enough starts to cause you to feel as though you’re raising a tree farm. Mowing cuts off and destroys the growing tips of young seedlings of woody plants, effectively killing them.