Tree seedlings are infesting lawns

A prolific crop of tree seedlings are sprouting up in lawns across Michigan during spring 2014.

It’s not unusual to see tree seedlings, especially from maple trees, sprouting up in lawns in spring, and this year is no different. Many homeowners inquire to Michigan State University Extension about spraying herbicides to eliminate these pesky, diminutive trees, but the best answer to give is to keep mowing.

Although initially the seedlings may exist below your standard mowing height, given time they will grow up into the mowing zone and be eliminated. Hand-pulling is another option, although an option that most are not interested in pursuing.

Tree seedlings
Tree seedlings infesting a lawn. Photo credit: Kevin Frank, MSU

Dr. Frank’s work is funded in part by MSU‘s AgBioReasearch.

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