We bought a house last year and 4 syacmores growing on the borders just
inside the neighbours gardens. They have not been planted, just growing
basically as weeds. The previous owner cut them down to the ground and
tried to poison the stump, but failed and now 3 have grown up as lots
of thin trunks, the tallest about 10-12 foot tall. The other was not
cut and is therefore only one trunk
So my questions are - for the single trunk, how low down do I have to
ring it to kill it?
For the others - how can I kill them?! Is poisoning the only way, and
if so whats the best (legal) one, and how do I apply it?
Why ring it? Cut it down 2-3 times a year. After 2 years it should
I have three "wild" large sycamore trees and enjoy them very much. The
trunk bark patterns are interesting especially during the winter
months. They don't seem to need any special care and appear to be
Thanks for your replies, I'll be starting to chop them back this
I don't quite understand why you say sycamores are valuable and should
not be got rid of... They are weeds that grow all over where I live. I
aim to kill off all the weeds in my garden in order to make it into a
place where I can sit and enjoy being out doors and where I can grow
plants for food. If I don't get rid of whats there, I can't do this
Sycamores are valuable landscape trees, they provide wonderful shade
in summer and are quite striking in winter... but they do become
immense so you need to have plenty of space for them to grow.
Sycamores don't propagate readily from seed nor from runners, are you
certain they're sycamores? They grow relatively fast but not so fast
that they'd shade a garden within your lifetime. I planted two
seedlings five years ago, they were three foot twigs, now they are
about ten feet tall but nowhere near mature size... it'll be another
20 years before I'll be able to sit in their shade, and still won't be
more than a mere shadow of their future self... I'm sure I won't be
around to see them become real trees. No one plants a sycamore for
themself, you plant them for your great grands. Unless you have a
third acre per tree then yes, move them or remove them.
She's probably talking about Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore in British
English), rather than Platanus sp. (Sycamore in American English). I
don't wholly share the negative attitude to the former that's prevalent
in certain quarters in Britain, but think of the American attitude to
Paulownia, and you'll have an idea.
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