Invasive trees of any sort in your whitetail deer food plots are annoying and time consuming.
Here are the ways people generally deal with them. They may or may not apply in your particular food plot situation.
Can be an option for killing growing tres, but it has to be really hot burn to kill them and even then, you still have to follow up with spray regardless. We have covered burning before in this blog. There are lots of considerations and safety and proper burning is essential.
Tordon/garlon/round up can all be used for brush and tree stumps if application is correct for the situation.
Here is a great link on herbicides for trees/brush applications
This is where the mowing of the saplings, brush hogging etc comes in. Basically the idea here is to keep them weak by abusing them and then spray them also. ( the spray works better after weakening tree). This alone will not work. If you do this in isolation, the next year it will look like you in fact planted more trees!
As long as you have mature trees throwing shoots into your deer food plots, you will be in this long battle. But I think between weakening them and using chemical appropriately each year, you can keep them back.
It takes deligence. When we let our pasture or plots go for even a few years without working on our silver maples they can chew up and overtake over 160 acreas worth of pasture land. Too bad whitetail bucks don’t just show up as easily as these trees start.
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