In 2000 I had an arborist remove five large Boxelder trees from an
unused part of our houselot because they were shading the part which we
have landscaped, and our lawn and flowers weren't doing as well as they
could have with more sunlight.
The stumps were left in place, cut off a few inches above ground level.
The garden improved a lot in a couple of months.
Every spring lots of shoots start growing off the sides of those stumps
and by the end of summer they've gotten about 6 feet high and annoy me
by becoming visible over the hedge which defines the border of our back
I have to cut them all off and dispose of them or they'll grow higher
the next year. It's a PIA to have to keep doing that every year or two.
The stumps are on ground with about a 30-40 degree slope, and access
from the street isn't very easy, so renting a stump grinder to get rid
of them with is probably my last option.
I'm wondering if there's a "safe" way to poison the stumps so they die
and won't keep sending up shoots year after year. I was thinking of
maybe drilling a couple on 3/4" inch diameter holes a couple of inches
down into them and pouring Round Up in them.
Years ago I'd drill several one inch diameter holes a few inches deep
into stumps, fill the holes with saltpeter, wait three or four months
for the rain to disolve and soak the chemical into the wood and then set
fire to it. The stump would burn with a sputtering glow like a "slow
match" fuse and the fire would actually travel underground following the
I don't think I want to mess with burning them that way now though, our
town's got ordinances about outdoor burning and I don't think they'd
accept my holding a hot dog on a fork over a burning stump as
(W1BSV + Brass Rat \'57 EE)
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