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Old 04-22-2019, 09:10 AM
Location: Massachusetts
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I deal with these every year. In the beds, I just pull them. In the lawn...the lawnmower takes care of them when they get high enough
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:47 AM
Location: Canada
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The younger the sprouts, the easier they are to pull. Try to keep on top of them. I have the same problem in my flower beds
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Birds Fan View Post
Greetings everyone,

My flower bed is being invaded by maple sprouts. There are 5 huge maple trees in the yard, and there are a ton of these buds popping up. I've pulled up probably 60 of them today, and I'm guessing there are at least 100 more. (My knees and back are telling me "Enough-stop leaning over".) Is there another way to get rid of these, or is there something I can spray them with to kill them?

Got any young kids in your neighborhood?

Ask the parents if little Johnny would like to earn $5 or $10 for pulling up all the maple sprouts. Little Johnny will feel like a millionaire.
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:30 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have that problem, but also have a lot of sprouts popping up from seed of Douglas Fir, Western Redcedar, and Alder. Some of them we have let grow and given away to others needing trees, and others we have let grow, such as a fir now 30' high that came up in the 90s. The best solution for controlling them I have found is the winged hoe, or triangular weeder. With a long handle, you can easily uproot the seedlings without bending over.

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Old 04-22-2019, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by rodentraiser View Post
How large are is this area? Maybe just take a box of black garbage bags, lay them over the area around your other plants, and then throw some dirt on the bags to make sure they stay put. After a month or so, everything under the plastic will be dead.

I thought of that later on. One of my neighbors in the next building covers her flower bed when the weather starts cooling down, but her area is quite a bit smaller than mine. Maybe later in the year when the trees start losing their buds, I'll just put plastic over the area and use landscaping bricks to weigh it down. There would probably be 100 more sprouts in my flower bed if we didn't have so many squirrels in the neighborhood-you see them all the time climbing around in the trees eating the seeds out of the buds they can get to without the branch breaking off.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:33 PM
Location: SoCal
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Consider renting a goat?
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:36 PM
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Maple sprouts are about the easiest thing to weed out, and it goes quickly. I wouldn't bother putting down plastic or spraying chemicals for them.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:08 PM
Location: Laurentia
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Why toss them? See if anyone you know needs some trees and invite them to come pick out their trees from your garden!
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:21 PM
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Since you don’t own the trees, your options are limited.

Is it necessary to have a flower bed there at all?
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Old 04-23-2019, 07:13 AM
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I have an extra-large lot, with many big firs, spruce and other trees and shrubs. I've converted all my lawns to forest understory, with flowers, shrubs and young trees where grass used to grow. Every year, there's several dozen each of maple, cherry and holly sprouts. The more the merrier, I say and let them grow. After a few years, if any get too big, I rip them out. I have let 8 cherry seedlings grow large and they reward me with delicious little cherries, that have a long ripening season. There are dozens of new, native Indian plums each year and they have been a big help in filling in the former lawn space. I finally encouraged my neighbor to pull out all his large ivy plants, so they will no longer be sending runners over to pop up on my place. The birds love my place and many nest here. It's like going into my own private jungle, when I follow the paths through it. Every year, with the desirable plants filling the space in more, there are fewer weeds.

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