The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, can take your questions both on and off the air. You can listen to her every Saturday morning on 580 KIDO from 9am – 10am on the D&B Garden Show. You can also hear previous shows, see all her articles, check her out on Facebook and send her a message at GardenGal.mydbsupply.com.

Sucker StopperQuestion:
Hi Debbie, I have little burgundy colored shoots growing out to the ground beneath my crab apple tree. The more I cut them off the faster they grow. Is it possible to put Roundup on the shoots without harming the tree? Thank you for whatever help you can give me.

Answer:
Yes, some trees definitely sucker worse than others and crabapple trees are very prone to this problem. Cutting off the suckers is like making a heading cut on a plant, it causes it to regrow more vigorously. If you can use something like a pair of pliers and pull the very small shoots out you can sometimes tear the growth bud that is underground and the sucker won’t regrow. A time consuming and not always a successful endeavor. Using Round-Up is NOT a good idea as it can cause damage to the main tree. However, there is a product that might make your life a little easier. D&B carries a product by Monterey that is called ‘Sucker Stopper’, that is used for the very purpose you need. Follow the label directions carefully.

Good luck!

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