A 40 Year Old Mistake

By: plapman , 1:01 PM GMT on July 20, 2013

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Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 18C(64F) with light winds.
Tonight remain partly cloudy with a low of 9C(48F).
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Yesterday I took advantage of the cooler weather and cut my front lawn. myself. Today with the Queen home I'll finish the job by doing the back lawn.
When we moved in to this house an uncle gave me a small tree to plant. What a mistake that was. As it grew I noticed a sucker coming up about 20 feet along the fence line. As the years passed I let another sucker grow. Last years hot dry summer must have put the 40 foot tall trees in distress as there's suckers coming up all over my lawn. I wish I'd had know what kind of tree it was when I planted it. My uncle told me it was a silver maple but after looking on the web this winter it turns out to be a silver poplar and have been banned in at least 1 Canadian province due to their aggressive behaviour. I contacted a tree removal company last fall and it's going to cost $6000 to have them cut down. Planting that tree was one of biggest mistakes I've ever made.:(

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5. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:17 PM GMT on July 22, 2013
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4. Alleyoops
11:14 PM GMT on July 21, 2013
Tony, you need to make a deal with a couple of the boys from Qeeebec to come and cut those trees down. Perhaps a couple of cases of beer, plenty of rope for them to tie the trees to prevent them from doing any damage and a promise of some nice Venison steaks...You know dem crazy frenchmen from Queeebec like a good meal. Perhaps even a hare tourtiere or two with lots of brown gravy would temp them to drive over with their axes...
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3. masshysteria
2:48 PM GMT on July 21, 2013
Hi Tony!

Wow, six grand to just cut down a few old tall trees seems like a scam! Did the estimate include stumping all trees along with the excavation of their lengthy roots?? In any event, Ylee has a good idea about inquiring further into whether or not there are any other legitimate tree professionals up there who would reduce the cost of cutting them in trade for the money to be made from the sale of firewood. Firewood's become a most sought after commodity and/or alternative fuel source for those many budget conscience people who live in winter's coldest regions, can't afford huge oil bills and don't have any access to gas or propane heat.

Hope you find a far more economical solution to this problem. I know just how aggravating it can be when having to deal with similar or other types of old tree problems on a seasonal basis. The irritations never end! LOL!
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2. Ylee
10:03 AM GMT on July 21, 2013
If it was me, I'd go down to the local farm store, and buy a 2 1/2 gallon bucket of 41%Glyphosphate, and pour some on each sucker! The big trees probably need to be taken down by someone. Do you know of anyone that cuts trees for firewood? Give them the trees, and they'll use them, a la win-win!
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1. shoreacres
1:20 PM GMT on July 20, 2013
I'm NO expert on such things, but I'm wondering if it wouldn't be easier to poison them through the root system. I know that's the preferred method down here for some younger trash trees. Sometimes it's easier than trying to dig out the root system. It has to be targeted, I know that, and requires some patience. You can't just go out and start spreading poison around or you'll kill everything in sight.

Down here, there are some problems with bamboo. Some varieties are just fine. Others are invasives, and will happily take over whole city blocks if you'd let them. It lends an entirely new meaning to "aggressive little suckers". ;)
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