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Small stump growing

Hi all, I have privet starting to grow at end of garden and just behind one of the privet plants about 10cm away is a small stump that has glossy green leaves growing on it - looks like Holly leaves. Stump is about 10 or 15cm diameter, and same for the height roughly.I cannot get to the stump with a spade as the privet plant is in the way and the stump itself is sort of wedged up right up against a fence post.  I could maybe get a saw in and get it down more to soil level, but will it keep on growing?  How can I get rid of it? Thought of some sort of weed killer, but dont want to harm the privet. Thanks


  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,721
    Use a paint on brushwood killer like SBK. Follow the instructions and it won't harm anything that you don't paint it onto.
  • Dig2006Dig2006 Posts: 65
    Thanks, so will that SBK weedkiller work with a holly stump?
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,490
    You can "shave" the stump - just removing the outer skin so the green is still visible and paint that with SBK - no reason why it won't work on Holly - just ensure you don't touch your privet or other surrounding plants. 
    You can always place an upturned pot over the stump to remind you where and what you have done :)
  • Dig2006Dig2006 Posts: 65
    Thanks both for your advice :-)  Will buy some and give it a go.  To 'shave i guess I just cut away at the outer bit with a knife or saw - presume i dont need to get it all off, jsut enough to paint some of the stuff on?  Does painting on beneath outer layer make it more effective?
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,490
    A sharp knife is a better bet - just shave round the stump - yes, painting on below the hard bark ensures you are getting to the living material which will absorb the toxin.
    Depends on the size of the stump and the spread as to whether you may need to apply more than once.  Be aware that it won't be instant :)
  • Dig2006Dig2006 Posts: 65
    ok thanks a lot! Bought some and going to give it a go.
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