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Peter from Seattle, Washington writes

Will stump killer kill the flowering cherry trees that have send shoots and roots against my foundation?

I have two flowering cherry trees on my parking strip that have send shoots and roots under the sidewalk and now against my house's foundation. Will Stump Killer kill those trees or just the shoots and sprouts around my house's foundation?

Answer:

Whether the Stump Killer kills the shoots or the trees or both would depend on how its applied and how close they are to each other. If you are not wanting to kill the cherry trees you will want to keep the stump killer outside the dripline of the trees. If you have shoots coming up near the trees root zone you can carefully snip the top of the shoot to expose a raw cut and then paint on or very carefully apply a directed spot spray to the shoot being sure to not get it into the soil if possible. If the shoots are far away from the trees and are not next to any other desireable vegetation then you could use it to treat those areas without issue. 

Answer last updated on: 07/09/2018

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