How do I remove aspen shoots?

Asked September 26, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

I planted quaking aspen about 3 years ago and they are now sending out a line of shoots, which are about 1 foot high. I want to remove the shoots but not harm the parent trees. What are my options? What is preferred? Thank you!

Larimer County Colorado

2 Responses

Your best best is to remove them via mechanical means (mowing, cutting, digging). You want to try to do this when the shoots are smaller than finger-size. The bigger they get, the more difficult it is to remove them and keep them under control.

This is one of the challenges of having aspen in our landscapes. They naturally reproduce via root suckers and these become a nuisance. Using chemicals can harm the mother tree, which you don't want to do. So stick to removing them frequently with a mower or pair of pruners.

Thank you very much for your help!