Fig trees

Asked October 12, 2019, 12:20 PM EDT

I have 4 fig trees over 30 years old. When I arrived on the property the suckers are coming out like 3 feet. I cut them off the tree every year and I want to stop them from growing. Can I rap the truck of the tree in burlap? Please help I want to stop the suckers

San Joaquin County California

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. There is nothing you can do to stop the growth of suckers, unless you want to kill the trees, too. Wrapping the trunk in burlap will not be effective. You just have to keep pruning them off regularly. Here is an Extension article about them: Good luck!

Thank you for your answer so quickly. I was afraid of that. Well some young boy is going to get rich. I have someone do that for me. Just too old to do it all by myself.
thank you again in advance

You’re welcome, Catherine. You can’t change Mother Nature!