So, you’ve finally chopped down the unsightly shrub growing in your yard, only to discover it’s grown back just a few weeks later.
Some shrubs offer aesthetic value and subsequently improve the appearance of a home’s landscape. Others are less-than-aesthetic and actually take away from the beauty of a home’s landscape.
If the stubborn shrub in your yard falls under the latter category, you should take the necessary measures to prevent it from growing back.
Spray with Herbicide
First and foremost, you should kill the shrub using an herbicide product. You can buy herbicide at your local home improvement or gardening store, or you can make your own.
A simple and effective homemade herbicide involves mixing white vinegar with salt and dish detergent. Combine these three ingredients into a spray bottle and apply directly to the problematic shrub, ensuring both the leaves and interior base are covered with the solution.
Keep in mind that herbicides – both homemade and store-bought – will likely kill your “good” plants as well. To prevent this from happening, use caution to ensure the herbicide only reaches the problematic shrub or shrubs.
Cut it Down
After allowing the herbicide to sit for at least 72 hours, it’s time to chop down the shrub.
Using the appropriate gardening shears, cut down the shrub as close to the base as possible. You probably won’t be able to get the stump, and that’s okay, because there’s still a solution to deal with that.
Drill Into the Stump
With your shrub chopped down, you should have easy access to the stump. Using a drill, drill several holes, about 1-inch deep each, into the stump.
Next, apply your store-bought or homemade herbicide directly to the stump, focusing on areas in which you drilled the holes.
The general idea is to encourage the herbicide to seep down into the holes, allowing it to kill the stump from the inside out.
Depending on the size and species, this should make easy work of even the toughest shrubs. And when all else fails, you can always dig up the shrub by its stump and connected roots.
As long as you remove the roots, it shouldn’t be able to grow back. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of how to deal with a stubborn shrub and prevent it from growing back.
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