Effortlessly Kill Mulberry Trees Without a Saw!

Introduction: Effortlessly Kill Mulberry Trees Without a Saw!

About: Photography teacher, woodworker, and general repair man

My backyard is surrounded in chain-link fence. Beyond my back yard is a small wooded area with tons of Mulberry trees. So, when birds eat the Mulberries and sit om my chain-link fence, I get trees which have grown to swallow my fence (and along my house).

I can't get to them with a saw to chop them down first due to all of the metal so I needed a good way to remove them without risk to the fence, saw, or anything else. This method does exactly that.

Supplies:

Bayer Advance Brush Killer Plus or Roundup Brush Killer

Floral tubes

Pruning Shears

Step 1: Fill Your Floral Tubes

This is a pretty basic step.

One trick that I used was to poke two small holes (1/4") on opposite sides of the foil lid sort of like how you would do for a can of pineapple juice. This allows you to control the opening that the fluid is pouring out of and vents the bottle so that you don't pour it all over yourself.

Note: wear gloves just in case.

Step 2: Cut a Branch, Install Your Tube

Again, it's pretty simple.

Cut a branch that is about 1/4" in diameter and doesn't have a leaf or branch fork any more than an inch away from the cut. Gently install the tube. If you press too hard, the branch will jam up into the tube and force most of the brush killer out.

It's advisable to get as close to the main trunk/stump as possible. If you are too far away, it will only kill that branch and the ones near it. If you can't get close to the trunk, get as close as you can and just use two or three tubes.

Step 3: Two and Three Weeks Later:

Within a couple of days you will start to see results. These photos are taken two and three weeks after one tube was put on the tree (there is a second tree in the middle of it that I didn't notice because I wasn't looking). Some of the leaves are already dried up and have fallen and the rest of the tree is clearly sick.

I have used this technique to take down trees up to five inches in diameter by using multiple tubes. Once they are dead, you can either trim them so that they are less unsightly or leave them.

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    8 Discussions

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    1 year ago

    I like this technique because it prevents over-spray. There is no problem with killing things that you don't intend to kill. Well done!

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    TwoDudesMakingStuff
    TwoDudesMakingStuff

    Reply 1 year ago

    That is true. However, I did notice that on one tree that was up against my foundation and right next to a lilac bush (like, a foot a way), the lilac bush looked a little rough for about two weeks. It has sprung back to life and even flowered, albeit, about a month later than the others next to it.

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    Reply 1 year ago

    Sounds like it is pulling the toxin into the roots and then it is leached into the soil. I wonder if it would have had the same effect even with a suggested application through spray?

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    TwoDudesMakingStuff
    TwoDudesMakingStuff

    Reply 6 months ago

    I'm just following up on this almost year old post. This last spring, I applied the same weed killer extremely lightly to some weeds near the same variety of lilac bush. I didn't even soak the ground, just covered the leaves of the small weeds about 2ft from the bush which darkened the sandy soil the weeds were growing in but left a "shadow" where the spray was applied to the weeds. So, extremely light spray on a calm day. Almost completely killed the lilac outright.

    My guess is that the lilac bush that we were talking about grew to have direct contact with the roots of the mulberry because it grew just fine this year.

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    Reply 6 months ago

    It must have. Thanks for the follow up! I really appreciate it.

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    thmpsn
    thmpsn

    6 months ago

    Had a Mulberry growing right next to the house foundation, not anymore. The above method knocked it clean out. Hope it doesn't come back.

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    TwoDudesMakingStuff
    TwoDudesMakingStuff

    Reply 6 months ago

    Awesome!

    I had one small branch pop up this year between the fences but otherwise, everything I killed with this method last year has completely died, even the full blown trees with 3-4 inch trunks.

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    stechi
    stechi

    1 year ago

    You can eat and cook with mulberries. And if they are the white variety, silkworms can live on them. Then you can make silk, quite a good maker project ... not that I have tried personally. There was a mulberry tree where I grew up in England and it was protected by the authorities (not sure why).