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This is the stump of a multi-stemmed palm tree I had cut down nearly three years ago.  (IMHO, palm trees look ridiculous anywhere north of the Mediterranean.)  As you can see, it's still growing.  I keep pulling off the green tufts, but it makes no difference.  Last year, I decided I'd try and dig it out.  I dug down about a foot (narrowly missing a water supply pipe I didn't know was there)  and there are no side roots I can cut through, just the trunks going down and down like giant parsnips.  Which makes sense for a plant intended by nature for an arid climate. I avoid chemicals like the plague, but there seems no hope of destroying it mechanically.  Unless any of you clever clogs knows better?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,164

    What about trying a stump grinder?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Drill deep holes and administer a glyphosate weedkiller ( Roundup is as good as any) .

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Thanks for these.  The tree man is coming in November to prune my lovely beech, so I'll ask him about grinding it.  If I use glyphosate, is there some way I can seal it in to keep it from harming anything else?  I know they say it's neutralised when it touches soil blah blah blah, they would say that, wouldn't they?  I don't trust Monsanto.  

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    It won't harm anything else ; just inject directly into root-stump .

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