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Old 05-13-2017, 09:26 PM
 
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So the previous owners planted a Fig Tree and the roots were out of control. Paid a guy $250 to grind the stumps and remove most of the roots.

A week or so later, whatever roots were left in the soil, several new shoots if tiny figs trees were sprouting all over. We're talking 20 or so Fig tree suckers or whatever you call it.

When I tried to dig those suckers out, I followed the pencil thin roots all the way to this root right here. This thing went from one side of garden all the way to the cement walkway. Along this giant roots, were several smaller roots branching off and creating tiny suckers.

Originally, when I saw a tiny sucker growing, I would just try to pull it out only to have it grow back. So I spent the afternnon diggers this root out and pulling off the smaller roots all over. Which created a nice uneven lawn I need to fix.

The original Fig were installed right where the Scalloped edging were. The roots went from that end all the way to where the cement walkway is. Luckily the roots were only a few inches from the surface. So I was able to pull it out myself without too much digging.




The root the "tree remover" somehow missed.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:28 PM
 
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There are more roots I need to remove. But I have to wait and see where the new "suckers" pop up from.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:54 PM
 
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Wow. That root is impressive!
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Old 05-14-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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More invasive roots removed.


Here you can see the tiny suckers growing out of the roots even after the giant fig tree was removed. These thing are a PITA. They keep popping up and I have to dig them out all over my lawn. Destroying my grass.
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Old 05-14-2017, 04:22 PM
 
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There has to be an easier way. Maybe just dump salt on the area the new shoots are sprouting up.
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:07 PM
 
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Wife has 2.5 gallons of glyphosate and knows how to use it
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:39 PM
 
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Do you live in a warm area of the country? Our little fig never gets very big, due to it dying back every winter.
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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That sounds like the type of "fig" in South Florida, which IIRC is actually a type of ficus.
Ficus macrophylla and/or Ficus microcarpa
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:35 PM
 
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^^ I'v never seen that. My friend had a fig tree in the yard--the kind with figs--and it never did that.
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:41 PM
 
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Wife has 2.5 gallons of glyphosate and knows how to use it
I'm trying to avoid toxic chemicals in my garden.
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