Top Questions About Aspen Trees

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Questions About Aspen Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
October 15, 2011

Q. Invasion of Aspen Roots

How can I permanently remove aspen suckers and roots from my vegetable garden?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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Cut the suckers as they come up and paint the fresh cuts with Round-up. It may take a few times but that will do it.

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Asked by
Rschlepp on
July 24, 2012

Q. How do you kill off neighbor’s volunteer aspen trees in my front yard

My next door neighbor’s little aspen grove has started to invade my front yard and I would like the best method to get rid of the volunteer saplings. I mow them down two to three time a week but they just will not die back. As this is in my lawn I do not want to use Round-up.

Answered by
Heather on
July 28, 2012
Certified Expert
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I understand that you may want to spray Round-up on the lawn, but have you considered painting the seedlings individually. If you cut the seedling and you paint the cut, the seedlings will die. The alternative is to keep cutting them down. They will eventually run out of energy and die off.

To keep new ones from sprouting, consider adding a pre-emergent like Preen to your lawn regimen. It will keep the aspens from sprouting and will help keep weeds down as well.

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Asked by
jascarpi on
February 15, 2014

Q. Aspen trees with lost bark

One of the Aspen trees was near our ramada and, as the wind blew, the tree scraped against the ramada. This caused the bark to be removed from one quarter of the tree. What can I do to repair the tree?

Answered by
Heather on
February 17, 2014
Certified Expert
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I would treat the area with some fungicide to keep out diseases, but other than that, I would leave it alone. The tree will heal over better and faster if the wound is left open to heal itself. As long as the bark is not removed all the way around, the tree can recover fine.

Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/repairing-tree-bark-damage.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 23, 2014

Q. aspens have had bark removed from deer

My aspens have had some of their bark removed by deer rubs. How can I help protect these areas of exposure so they do not die?

Asked by
Matts aspen on
April 21, 2015
Steamboat Springs Colorado

Q. About my aspen tree oozing

My aspen tree is oozing a lot of dark brown liquid out of what appears to be bored holes. I don’t know if it is sap or not. It looks very unhealthy and in wondering if I have to cut it down. I don’t really want to but if it is a disease I will so it doesn’t spread to my other trees. I’m uploading a photo so you can see it and hopefully have some advice for me.

Thank you very much for your time, Matt.

Answered by
shelley on
April 21, 2015
Certified Expert
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You forgot to upload the photo but let me give this my best shot. This could be a poplar borer infestation. I would review the following article and if you agree, follow one of the recommended control options:
https://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Pests/popborer.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 26, 2015

Q. aspen tree not leafing this year

I have a beautiful aspen tree in my backyard that has leafed every spring. It is now late June and it has not leafed. There are brown buds on all the limbs. Lower limbs some are dead, but some bend and are still supple. What should I do? Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 27, 2015
Certified Expert
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The brown buds sound as if they are damaged, perhaps by a late cold front. I would snip off the dead growth so that new growth can come through. For additional help with non-leafing of trees, this article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-leafing-problems.htm

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Asked by
missmary.madjeski on
July 21, 2015
I don't really know. It is dry, but we get spurts of downpours that only last for about 5-10min.

Q. Aspen trees growing in our backyard

What should we do if we have baby Aspen trees growing in our backyard? Aren’t they considered what they call, “Tree Suckers”? Would removing these Aspen trees, benefit our lawn and other plant life, as well as wild plant life? If so, what would be the best and/or easiest way?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 21, 2015
Certified Expert
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Removal of an Aspen tree and its seedlings is not easy task.

Here are a couple of links for you.

http://extension.usu.edu/htm/news/articleID=2261
https://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Trees/aspencan.htm

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