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Old 05-21-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Last year I had someone dig a crape myrtle out of a section of my yard. The crape was struggling and I felt it was too close to the house, plus I wanted to use that area for a vegetable garden.

They didn't get all of the crape because it keeps sprouting back from the ground. I can't dig it out so I keep cutting the sprouts down to the ground hoping to kill the root structure (eventually) by depriving it of food and light.

Yeah right.

I'm ready to bust out the big guns, but I need something that I can apply directly to the crape that isn't going to kill everything else planted around it.

Does such a product exist?
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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If you live in Arizona, you stop watering it. Don't know what your weather situation is like in TX.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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BigD,

I have the exact same problem. The previous owners planted 4 Natchez crepe myrtles so close together that over the years, they just got too crowed, not to mention there are 2 other huge shrubs planted amongst the myrtles. So I dug out 2 of the myrtles and still after 2 years, I am getting shoots all over the flower bed and I either pull them up or hack 'em off. I have no idea how to kill the suckers without killing the other plants. Hope someone can help.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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Apply concentrated roundup with a foam paint brush. Let the leaves grow a bit and hit them. Paint it on thick.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Apply concentrated roundup with a foam paint brush. Let the leaves grow a bit and hit them. Paint it on thick.
Would it help if I tied a garbage bag around the plant after treating it? Not only would that keep the Roundup on the leaves if it rains, but it deprives it of water and air too. Can't hurt right?
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Would it help if I tied a garbage bag around the plant after treating it? Not only would that keep the Roundup on the leaves if it rains, but it deprives it of water and air too. Can't hurt right?
Not neccessary. Roundup is water proof in 24 hours.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Heck, way less than 24 hours. For a few years or more it's been 30-60 minutes rainproof for most of these. Now they say 10 minutes! Basically, rain getting on it is a non-issue unless you're out there with it threatening.

Dunno about with crapes but I've killed a few things by cutting them off below ground. Some stuff will still sprout after that though. I may have applied some Roundup to the roots or such, don't remember. But it's usually more effective if you can get it onto the leaves, which is why Bulldogdad mentions letting the leaves grow and then painting it on. As long as you're careful with it, this should not disturb any neighboring plants.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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concentrated roundup, painted on the freshly cut stumps of the plant is just about foolproof. It kills even the worst "weed trees". . . ..should work for you, too. I've never used unmixed concentrate on the leaves, but that may work, too.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Thanks y'all, I'll try that!
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