U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 12-06-2016, 09:59 PM
3,430 posts, read 1,256,772 times
Reputation: 938


OK, the person who maintains my yard, tells me that he has seen cases where the he has to cut the popped up gum tree growth up to 10 years after the tree was brought down.

I had this huge gum tree taken down about 6 months ago, the stump was given a heavy run of the grinding machine, but lots of sweet gum growth is coming from different parts of the yard.

What are my options to solve this?

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 12-07-2016, 06:08 AM
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
4,540 posts, read 5,829,426 times
Reputation: 3968
I have a couple, and I hate them! I can't remove the two that are in my immediate yard. The roots pop up all over the place, and as you found, if you cut them, they just continue to grow. I've cut them and put poison ivy brush killer on it and it won't grow there, but anywhere else, new growth pops out.

I just looked this up, it may be helpful:

Tell me how to kill sweet gum tree roots!! | Carolina Shooters Club

Wish you luck. I may try the above on what stumps are still sending up shooters!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2016, 07:15 AM
Location: NC
6,081 posts, read 7,030,845 times
Reputation: 12054
It is shoots that pop up, not roots. We should admire the sweet gum for its resilience and ability to overcome all attempts to destroy it. But at the same time, in the south at least, it is so aggravating. Like bamboo, you just need to keep mowing it down until you starve it. Roundup will also help when applied to the tender shoots, but because there is a lot of nutritional reserve in the stump and underground plant parts it will take a few years until it is really gone. And by then, more little sweetgums will have popped up from seed, so it is a continuing battle on the human side.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Garden
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top