Remove Tree Seedlings from established lawn

agladderMay 27, 2010

Tree seedlings are growing from fallen acorns within an established lawn. Please advise on how to properly remove them. Thank you for your help.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

repeated mowing of the lawn should take care of them ..

and then.. if it really bothers you.. get rid of the oak ..

ken

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 3:07PM
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musicalperson

I think Ken means get rid of the lawn.
They are so passé.

Don't fight a losing battle, grass needs sun. Extend your mulch ring today!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 4:22PM
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esh_ga

Just keep mowing.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 5:13PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

If they are in the lawn, mow 'em. If they are in the garden, hoe 'em. If they are in neither, spray 'em. Mowing will eventually get rid of trees in turf. However, long term, do we see turf in the forest? Musicalperson is, somewhat ironically, partially correct. A matter of timing.
hortster

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 8:26PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

Mowing works. Oak seedlings (most seedlings, in fact) don't have the vigor to keep coming up again and again in the middle of an established lawn.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 4:58AM
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agladder

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I pulled a few out of the ground and noticed I can sometimes pull out the acorn from where it was established. If a simple mow will improve the situation, therefore only cutting off the tops of the seedlings. Will the seedling re-establish themselves since the acorns are still in the ground/lawn?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 1:10PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the acorn is a finite source of power ... perhaps enough to sprout up.. and put down a root ...

mowing.. removes the top ... and without leaves to make food.. the acorn will run out of energy.. before it can re-establish the top

simple enough??? i am sure there is more science behind it.. but that should suffice

ken

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 5:13PM
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joellesgarden_yahoo_com

I have saplings that are growing every where in my yard, and I don't know how long they have been being mowed down, but some of the roots are 4 feet long and are still producing little sprouts of trees. I don't know what they are. Feathery with some green and burgandy. I am so annoyed. I cannot get them out and if I get some out, it's not the whole thing. HELP!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 10:35PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Joelle,

Since this thread is about oak seedlings, you might want to consider starting your own thread, particularly because your problem may be related to suckers rather than seedlings. Start your own thread and post some pictures so we can ID the tree and respond accordingly.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 10:41PM
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