Three years ago, I had to cut down a 30 year old olive tree. It was all
burled and knurled at the foot of the truck. I must have sprayed the stump
and the regularly appearing shoots with Roundup, at least once a month. I
covered it up with dirt and a big boulder. No luck, the new shoots keep
sprouting out of the old stump.
Any suggestions for bringing about its demise, or do I give up and let this
thing grow into an olive bush?
The olive tree is the toughest tree in the world. It is a tradition in
Spain I think, to beat the trees with a stick to get the olives off. Then
the wounds from the beatings are compartmentalized and great visual barrier
and reaction zones form. They then cut the tree and make coasters out of
the beautiful wood. Try a stump grinder.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
Given the will to live this plant is showing, maybe you should give up
and let it flourish. Besides, olive trees, especially when they form
old and gnarled trunks, are incredibly beautiful.
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