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Can weeds grow into trees

Greetings! We have been in our home for 20 years and have a wooded/wetland behind our home. About 15 years ago I treated a weedy/grassy area at the edge of our property with roundup with the intention of clearing it for a garden. While everything was indeed killed, shortly after that a bunch of viney growths starting shooting up. I never got around to working the earth for a garden and in the meantime these weeds grew and multiplied. They are a rhizome A few years later I doubled my efforts and started to wage a war on these weeds that were now growing into trees because suckers were starting to invade our lawn. I tried many things, digging the roots up and following all the rhizome branches, even building a bonfire over a particularly large stump. They continued to flourish. I waged a summer long battle and then admitted defeat. We simply managed the suckers by mowing them and let the trees run rampant on the edge of our property.

They’re often species with a high seed germination rate. Which means they grow fast and can colonize an area rapidly.

While it’s often effective, don’t expect a 100% success rate. Sometimes trees can bypass the girdle and continue growing.

This is bad enough if you weren’t planning on a garden full of trees. But that’s not all:

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So something has to be done. And the sooner you do it the easier it is.

Although it sounds divine, don’t be fooled by the name: tree of heaven is certainly no angel.

People often start by chopping down the unwanted tree close to the ground. But this isn’t enough on its own. If left untreated the tree will regrow.

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And depending on where you live, they can be a common occurrence. So keep your eyes open for any small saplings that are starting to grow. It’s a lot easier to get rid of them when they’re very young.

The name doesn’t sound very pleasant does it?

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Can weeds grow into trees

The reason you want to do this is that if it is the black walnut or the tree of heaven, you will end up with not only one tree but half a dozen or more that you don't want growing in the places they show up in. It would be much easier to plant a likable tree in that spot than keep the tree that might cause you stress later on.

Eventually, the tree began to angle toward the house getting closer every few years so that the roots broke into the foundation.

Evergreen by meter. Again close to house and unsightly. I'm sure this was planted by original owners, and it's an ornamental plant not a tree, but it's still hard to get rid of.

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Two larger weed trees, intertwined.

It also helps to walk around your yard and garden periodically to be on the look-out for any saplings that may appear. It's easier to get rid of them when they are extremely small.

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What about the root system? Is it similar to a willow tree where the roots stick up from the ground making the area unsightly? I currently have several red maple trees on the outlawn of our front property. The roots protrude up from the ground near the tree, making it quite difficult to mow the lawn. They don't travel on top of the lawn like a willow tree will, but it still is ugly looking.

All of these, other than the one in my front lawn and one by my front porch, are growing too close to the house, or garage. So in my book they have to go.