Yucca plants are very easy to grow and easy to establish. Their fast growth rate and low maintenance are exactly why this has become such a popular plant in Australia.
This plant, however, is not native to our country. Most of the 40 species of Yucca plants grow well in Australia because these plants easily adapt to dry and sunny weather. The Yucca elephantipes and Yucca aloifolia are some of the most popular varieties grown in Australia.
These trees can be quite beautiful. But if you are someone who cares for the environment and prefers to grow native plants then you likely want to get rid of this plant. Sadly, these plants are not the easiest to get rid of because they can easily sprout again from roots. In this handy guide, we are going to share some great tips on how to effectively remove the yucca plant and how to keep it from coming back.
Step 1 – Cut the Tree to a Stump
The first thing you need to do if you want to kill a yucca plant is to cut it down to its stump. Grab some shears or a saw and cut the top part of the tree. Ideally, you should cut the stump very low to the ground but you should allow it to extend from the ground level so you can still find the stump with ease. Now discard the clippings by tossing the rest of the yucca into a skip bin. Alternatively, you can use this plant in your home. Yucca plants can be used for manufacturing soap or to make baskets.
Step 2 – Dig out The Plant Base
To remove the stump, you will now need to dig a large hole around the stump area. Ideally, you should dig a hole with a 1-meter diameter around the stump so you can get rid of its entire root system. You should dig about 1.25 meters deep into the ground so you can remove the stump and get rid of small root pieces.
Step 3 – Check for Roots
Once you have dug the hole and removed most of the stump, you should carefully inspect the hole for roots.
New plants can shoot from small root pieces. Pull out as many of the roots as you can find.
Step 4 – Apply Stump Killer
When using a stump killer, you should be very careful not to kill your other garden plants. Apply the plant killer or potassium nitrate inside the hole and saturate the surrounding area of the hole. The stump killer will kill off any remaining root pieces that might sprout new growths.
Step 5 – Monitor the Area
Keep the hole open for 2 – 3 months after applying the stump killer. You should now regularly inspect the area for new growth. If you do see new shoots appear, then you should dig out these new growths and apply more stump killers in the surrounding area. Keep doing this until you no longer see any new growths pop up from the ground.
Pete Stump Grinding in Geelong and Surrounds
As you can see, removing a Yucca plant can be very tough, especially if you don’t have too many tools available for this challenging job. If you want to effectively get this plant removed without spending all this time and effort then you should give Pete Stump Grinding a call.
These professionals will effectively remove the entire plant, grind the stumps and use the right products to ensure that your Yucca plants will never revive to pest you again. Once completed you will be able to grow other native plants that are much better for the environment or that look much better in your garden.