The burning bush from hell (euonymus)

RachaelLemmon(5)May 19, 2013

Please someone tell me how/when I can try to do something with this beast from the 60's! Previous owner did some silliy hacking to try and make it look like a tree. But it isn't , it has grown in quite a bit over the past 2 years .the top touches the ground with every rain ... Not to mention it's hideous! Thank you for any help you might be able to offer.

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RachaelLemmon(5)

In all it's glory.......

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 6:54PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

cut it at ground level.. and apply 100% round up or stump killer...

OR!!!!!

cut to 3 feet and start digging.. using the 3 footers for leverage to find and cut all the roots ...

ALL OF THEM ARE FORM HELL .. they are highly invasive in many areas ...

this one was poorly sited .. about 10 feet too close to the house.. and poorly maintained for decades... exactly how do you think you can make things better ... lol .. other than thru removal ....

be done with it ..

good luck

ken

ps: i love new owners.. you can really tell them the God's honest truth.. w/o hurting their feelings.. blaming all on the prior owners.. lol ...

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 7:07PM
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ericwi

That shrub must be 30 or 40 years old. I would be inclined to remove it, even though getting the roots out will take considerable effort. You might want to hire someone to do this.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 9:56PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

No need to get all the roots out. Do as Ken suggest and apply concentrated glyphosate to the phloem of the freshly cut stump. Then, in a week or so, dig out the main part of the stump (if desired). BTW, concentrated RoundUp/glyphosate is not 100%; it's typically 18% to 41%. Also, the regular stuff (not the fast acting stuff) works better for this application.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 10:09PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Triclopyr is more effective against woodies than is glyphosate.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 11:37PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

I agree with Ken--take it out.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 5:56AM
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RachaelLemmon(5)

I was hopeful.... Yes it was planted shortly after they built the house in 53... They did this odd pruning 3 yrs ago before we bought the house.... Needless to say we bought in February so I didn't quite know what to think of it . Thanks...ill call the arborist and see what the damages are .

This post was edited by RachaelLemmon on Mon, May 20, 13 at 15:42

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 3:39PM
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cearbhaill

I don't think you need an arborist- all you need is a saw!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 8:30AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Shrubs like that are fairly easy to remove. I use a Saws-All on roots and it works quite well. I removed a huge euonymus 'Manhatten' that way. It was about 10 feet tall. Euonymus wood is fairly light I think?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 12:57PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Cearbhaill wrote, "I don't think you need an arborist- all you need is a saw!"

I agree....well, maybe a saw and a small bottle of herbicide.
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Jean001a wrote, "Triclopyr is more effective against woodies than is glyphosate."

As a general statement, that is just untrue.

This post was edited by brandon7 on Tue, May 21, 13 at 20:59

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 8:51PM
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RachaelLemmon(5)

Almost done. All I have is a hand saw... Just had to post this for you Ken..... I know you hate them. One last trunk and she's a goner....man my arms are burnin !!! :) this thing was truly huge. Will my garden there be affected by the " round up" ?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 3:52PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Rachael, you need to apply the concentrated glyphosate (RoundUp, Gly-4, etc) or triclopyr (Brush-B-Gon, Garlon, etc) to the freshly-cut stumps. A small amount will go a long way, so you shouldn't have to worry at all about it hurting anything else in your garden. All you need to do is put a small amount (maybe a teaspoon per stump) on the freshly-cut phloem (the area just inside the bark).

I wish we had been able to tell you this before now, because your cuts will have lost their ability to effectively transfer the chemical by now. I hate to tell you this, but you will need to re-cut the stumps (down an inch or more from the current level) and do it ASAP for this treatment to work, at this point.

BTW, the slow-acting RoundUp (glyphosate without the fast-acting additives) will work much better, especially in this case, than the quick-results stuff.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 7:14PM
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