This method consists of cutting the plant as close to the ground as possible.
If subsequent sprouting occurs from the stump or roots, the sprouts should be eliminated when they reach 25 to 50 cm with another cut, by pulling or with foliar application of herbicide.
Or if the sprout is taller, it may be ring-barked or cut again.
Application is simple, particularly for small plants.
Because of its speed, the first application of this method is very cost-effective, however, the saving becomes reduced with subsequent applications.
Depending on the tools available and the tree dimensions, it can be done in large groups.
The method is appropriate for trees of all diameters. For species where ring-barking is not effective (e.g., Robinia pseudoacacia) it may be an alternative solution to eliminate a few plants, although many follow-up controls will be neccessary in the medium/long-term.
It’s environmentally friendly.
In many species this control can have little effect, as it can stimulate the vigorous formation of sprouts.
It’s generally more effective in the summer and on seedlings resulting from germination.
It requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and technical competency if using manual equipment (e.g., chainsaws or brushcutters).
The majority of species will require follow-up and subsequent inteventions in order to weaken the plant’s vigour.
Unless frequent follow-ups are made, in the medium-term its impact may be virtually zero, or even contribute to aggravate the invasive problem.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Gloves, chainsaw trousers, helmet with hearing and eye protection, safety glasses, cut-resistant chainsaw boots, reflective clothing.
Pruning shears, loppers, saw, chainsaw, brushcutter.