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need to kill rose of sharon!

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#1 Guest_<Brian>_*

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Posted 08 August 2002 - 05:32 AM

Do you know of any way to kill Rose of Sharon bushes? There are a few
that have grown in the middle of other bushes and I can't get the whole
thing out, so it just keeps growing. Your help would be appreciated.
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#2 Janet Macunovich

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Posted 09 August 2002 - 09:32 AM

We've had to eliminate woody plants whose roots we couldn't take out -- for instance when we were working to clear buckthorn from a woods but NOT disturb the roots of the native flowering dogwoods. Or when we're trying to kill a large, established poison ivy vine that's rooted right at the base of a desirable big tree. Here's what has worked for us:

Lop them off low to the ground and immediately paint the cut stubs that remain with undiluted Brush-B-Gone, or Round-up. Don't mix either herbicide with water, just dip a small artist's paint brush into the container and dab the chemical directly on the cut. This usually stops a woody plant from re-growing, although sometimes the most persistent plants (mulberry and Siberian elm come to mind) have to be re-cut and re-painted a couple of times to convince them to stay dead.

Be very careful not to drip any of the herbicide onto anything else while you work, and do wear chemical-use rubber gloves!

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