The cut-stump method is an approach that combines physical and chemical control methods and is an effective way of controlling woody invasive plants. It involves cutting down the target plant and then applying herbicide on the stump to prevent regrowth. Removing the top portions of the plant prevents photosynthesis while the stump treatment affects root growth. It is important to apply herbicide to the cut surfaces as soon as possible to ensure effective control.
The cut stump treatment method is effective on almost any size woody invasive plant, including large woody vines.
- Cut close to the ground, leaving a 1-2 inch stump
- Using glyphosate or triclopyr, carefully spray or paint the top of the stump with the herbicide immediately after cutting
- The most critical area of the stump to cover is just inside the bark around the entire circumference
Always make sure to read the entire product label before mixing and applying pesticides. It will provide you with the information you need to safely and effectively use the product. Be sure to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as specified on the label, such as a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, close-toed shoes, chemical-resistant gloves, and protective eyewear. Store pesticides out of reach from children and pets in a garden shed or well-ventilated area. It is important to make sure that pesticides are never stored in cabinets with or near food, animal feed, or medical supplies.