Tree seedlings or sprouts emerging from tree roots which appear in a lawn or bed of ornamental grass may negatively affect the visual appeal of a yard and interfere with care tasks such as mowing. Mechanical removal is often the only viable choice where the sprouts are growing from the roots of a desirable parent tree. However, chemical control options are available if the tree sprouts were established from seed.
Water the region with the tree sprouts slowly and deeply a day or two prior to therapy. It is easier to pull unwanted plants from moistened soil, and plants are more susceptible to herbicides if they’re not under drought stress.
Pull or dig small shrub seedlings by hand, removing up to the root system as possible.
Cut away at ground level large sprouts too big to pull or dig or suckers growing from the root system of a desirable parent tree.
Brush an undiluted, nonselective herbicide such as glyphosate onto the freshly cut surface if the unwanted sprout was established from seed, but not if it’s growing from the root system of a tree that is desirable.
Leave sprouts which are growing from a tree’s root system untreated, because most mixers can injure the tree. Instead, simply make certain that the sprout is cut off at the soil surface.
Monitor the wooded region frequently for the appearance of new seedlings, and pull the youthful unwanted plants, or cut them off at ground level when possible after you observe them.