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    Default Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    Any suggestions for digging out trees that are right up to buildings. I have one metal building on a slab and wood building on a block foundation. I dug out what I could using my little backhoe along the block foundation but I did not get to where I could get the stumps out.

    I left the root exposed to the air hoping it would help prevent further growth but need to close it back up this summer.

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    Why try to take it out? you risk damaging the foundation. Cut it clean and put a ring of Tordon on it around the outside of the clean cut. Leave it a few days to make sure the Tordon soaks in and then cover it up and let nature do its magic.

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    aplease enlighten me on Tordon, sounds like what I need for pecan stumps.

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    The stumps don't look very big so a Brushgrubber might work. Attach Brushgrubber to stumps then pull out using your backhoe and chain.

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    For the slab foundation, I was thinking a chain might be okay too.

    The block foundation is probably less solid and, if you can see root penetration into the block joints, a chain would be risky.
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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    I would just use stump killer and cover it all back up and let them rot out!---you are going to risk major damage to the building by digging/pulling around it!--- I never dig, I cut/chem/and cover! let it rot! thanks; sonny580

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    Tordon is available at most farm supply stores - Rural King, TSC, Agri Supply, etc. It is about $15 for approximately a quart size bottle that has a squirt top on it. You literally cut the tree or bush and put a ring of Tordon around the outside of the fresh cut and forget about it. As Sonny 580 said Cut/Chem/and Cover and you are done. The keys are that you need to apply it very quickly after cutting - <15 minutes or so - and then let soak in for a couple of days before you cover.

    There are other brush killers out there, I just got started with Tordon and it works for me so I have not changed.

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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    If all I had was a few trunks I would jump on to the Tordon approach. But with so many different root systems in the ground I have doubts. Prior to pruning and digging the entire side of that building was green with small junk elms.

    I expect I need to wait for the shoots to appear then treat the shoots and a trunk where I can find live wood. From what I have been reading one may be able to apply a diluted solution to leaves. Might be the road to killing off the last of it.

    Thanks guys
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    Default Re: Removing trees growing next to foundations.

    The Tordon made for fresh cuts works very well. I've also got Tordon pellets that can be sprinkled on the ground along those buildings. No woody plants will survive. Anytime I clear a brushy fencerow or area, I treat it with the pellets as I'm seeding. Works great.

    I think you'll damage the foundations if you try to remove the entire stump.
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