We are building a new home on land that was recently cleared of thick Mesquite Trees. Small mesquites are beginning to grow again. We have been told to use a herbicide called Remedy to kill them. Can you tell me anything about this herbicide and if there is a better way to kill these mesquites.
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There are two products on the market that go by that name. One is an organic product for fighting certain plant diseases. The other, I am presuming this is the one they wanted you to use, is a toxic chemical herbicide.
That product would liekly kill off those unwanted mesquite trees, as would a modest application of napalm, or perhaps weapons-grade plutonium. None of those three options is particualrly desirable, as far as the side-effects to killing the unwanted trees.
So, no, I'd not use Remedy to kill off those trees unless you want everything else in the yard to die.
The thing likeliest to work without killing everythign else would be to bring in an arborist that can air-spade out the roots and grind the stumps.
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Can you mow them to death before they get more than 4 inches high?
Folks in the hill country used to be covered with mesquite. They got them all pulled out and in came the cedar (juniper). They traded one relatively okay problem for a really bad one. Juniper sucks up all the water and won't let anything else grow. So you might not end up with what you want anyway.
How about sheep?
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Mowing them will not work. The only way I know of getting rid of Mesquite is to root plow it. Dig up the roots. If you cut them they will sprout from the root. I have been battling them for several years. Mesquite is an extremely hardy tree. I would prefer to deal with the "Cedar" as they do not grow from the roots when cut. Mesquite is good only good in the BBQ fire and Cedar for Posts. Good Luck.
If you have the patients you can "healthy soil" them to death. Mesquite are notorious for growing in poor soil areas and areas that have been treated with too many chemicals. We found that if you physically remove the larger trees (we actually left some of ours to die naturally so we could have the smoker wood) and then mow the shoots as you mow the lawn that in time (it took almost 3 years for us) the roots of the tree die out as the soil health improves.
I know it's too late for this case where the main trunks have been disposed of, but...
I hate to see volunteer trees cut down just for the sake of forcing a less-adapted tree to grow where it didn't want to be.
I know a lot of woodturners who love getting hold of mesquite for making all maner of turned art objects. Other woodworkers like to get it as well. Over at the botique lumberyard in west Ft. Worth, they occasionally have some pretty bad looking curvy warped rough-cut inch-thick mesquite lumber "on sale" for about $6.50 a board foot.
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