Friday, April 8, 2016

Gardening Minute – Tree of Heaven 4/6/2016

Gardening Minute – Tree of Heaven

This is Jason Lamb with your Gardening Minute.

Locally we have a tree that is very hard to get rid of. It is truly one of the weediest trees and is the opposite of its name. It is called “Tree of Heaven” and it is a tree to avoid. The “Tree of Heaven” is on the New Mexico Noxious weed list and spreads through seeds and root sprouts. 

     The “Tree of Heaven” has large pinnately compound leaves that look like gigantic pecan leaves.  They grow in large clusters and the leaves release an unpleasant fragrance when crushed. They are adapted to most soils and can quickly over take an area in two to three years if left alone.

     Management of the “Tree of Heaven” is difficult because of its extensive root system and stored food reserves. The first line of defense is removal of seedlings before they can be establish. After the tree has been removed the stump should be treated with a broad leaf herbicide by cutting into the cambium layer and using a “frill Application. This treatment you will apply the herbicide without dilution into numerous cuts just below the bark or by drilling holes into the top of the stump. Apply the product according to the label directions. New shouts will still likely sprout and the process will need to be repeated for two to three years. 

For more information about the “Tree of Heaven” please contact us at the Cooperative Extension Office at 461-0562. We will be hosting a Vegetable Gardening Workshop on April 20th at 6pm at Extension Office. Please RSVP by April 18th.  This has been your Gardening Minute with Jason Lamb your Quay County Ag. Extension Agent. Where are programs are open to everyone.

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