I just had someone cut a deciduous hedge down to ground level thinking
that if I cut it down before it started growing again this spring, it
might not come back. However, the guy that cut it said it would just
grow back unless I put "something" on it to kill it. Can someone
please tell me what I can do to make sure it doesn't come back? Don't
know what kind it is but I see them everywhere. It's about 60 feet
long and quite old and thick, so whatever the solution is, it can't be
very labor intensive. Thanks
You're going to be fighting regrowth for several years. The better and more
permanant solution is to dig out the roots. If you hadn't cut everything
down you could have fastened a chain around the bottom and yanked it out
with a truck or tractor after digging around to loosen it up. Even spraying
the resulting regrowth now with a brush killer will take at least a year and
maybe two. A hedge that old has an extensive underground root system.
Ortho Shrub and Brush killer. Stuff kills elm trees! Cut it as close
to the ground as possible, paint the freshly cut surface and any
exposed bark with it full strength, never had any regrowth. Elm trees
are stubborn to kill, so I'm impressed. If it's too short to cut
again to get a freshly cut surface, there are dilution rates for
spraying, but as I've never used it as a spray, I cannot attest to
it's effectiveness there, but I'm sure you'd have to allow some
regrowth in order to spray it .. for it to take the spray down to the
root zone in order to kill it.
Thanks Janice and all the others who kindly replied. What a variety of
suggestions! The guy that cut it down offered to come over next year
and dig it out by hand if it was still a problem. I have a feeling
that by the time he was finished, he would own the house!
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