Asked June 25, 2019, 7:06 PM EDT

What is the best way to get rid of it? Last fall ripped up by roots, but coming back again.

Benzie County Michigan

1 Response

Hello Sumac can indeed run amok in a persons lawn or garden. You can pull the plants out or cut them off with the lawn mower in the lawn. You can also use a herbicide containing glyphosate (the straight chemical, not mixed with other herbicides) or trichlopyr, bearing in mind that these are non-specific herbicides and will kill any plant that they touch so spraying is out of the question. Cut off the shrub close to the ground and carefully paint it with the herbicide. Because the sumac spreads by roots underground, it may take repeated applications. Also cut off or remove any sprouts that come up. It requires patience and careful monitoring before it will be totally removed. Remember, When using chemicals, always read and follow the directions on the bottle and wear protective clothing.