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Rob Tucker
Kama'aina

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Posted - 08/06/2017 :  12:43:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never found ginger hard to take out. They root horizontally right on the surface. I poke a shovel under them and they tend to pop right up.
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terracore
Punatic

3986 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2017 :  13:21:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mark, what do you use to kill guava? Milestone didn't work for me.
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Mr nice guy
Da Kine

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2017 :  17:34:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
@terracore, I used Crossbow (triclopyr) full strength on the cut trunks of sg. Dyed it blue so I could see what I was treted. 100% kill rate.
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MarkP
Punatic

1777 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2017 :  19:45:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What I have found most effective is to hack and squirt slightly diluted RoundUp into the cuts. I essentially try to ring-bark the tree and dose the cuts with Round-up so the tree has to suck it in. It seems to work OK in the long run although you don't see immediate results.

I cleared along the property line to put up fencing and dosed the stumps with RoundUp. That was done over the last 2 to 3 months. Just today my neighbor pointed out a stand of guava on his side that had died. This must have been due to the shared root system since I never applied anything to those trees and they were a good 6 feet over the property line. He was concerned that he not lose any more trees. It makes more sense when you understand that they have a nice house with beautiful landscaping and I have a shipping container and at least in the short term am practicing a scorched earth policy directly along the fence line. The guava trees provide a screen until their podocarpus grows in. I myself am looking for something to plant along the fence that will restore the privacy while not being guava.
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MarkD
Da Kine

209 Posts

Posted - 08/07/2017 :  18:26:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rob, thx for tip on using shovel. It grows long and deep in Volcano, but think your idea will help.
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terracore
Punatic

3986 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2017 :  14:27:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mr nice guy

@terracore, I used Crossbow (triclopyr) full strength on the cut trunks of sg. Dyed it blue so I could see what I was treted. 100% kill rate.



I was injecting Milestone into the tree. No dice. Works great on albezia and avocado. SG, not so much.
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