Like bunnies and birds, trees procreate in the spring. If you have large trees, or your neighbors do, you might notice a whole crop of new baby trees that decided your lawn was a great place to put down some roots. That might be flattering, if it weren’t for the fact that they look like big fat weeds!
Maple Tree "Helicopters" (seeds)
This time of year, we get a lot of calls from people who see tree seedlings in their lawn and mistake them for broadleaf weeds. And they want us to come out and spray them. Unfortunately, lawn herbicides have very little effect on woody plants like trees. And repeated spraying could damage your lawn, something we don't like to do in the lawn care business. But you can kill them more easily than we can.
Just mow them off. Mow short, mow often (at least weekly – see our mowing page for guidelines.) Repeatedly cutting the tops off will cause the baby trees to die. That’s all it takes. You can always pull them up if you want, but mowing is just as effective and a lot less work, since you need to mow anyway. Unfortunately, you will have to pull them out of your flowerbeds!
And if there aren’t any trees around, you might still see some tree seedlings, because the wind blows tree seeds around. If we have storms, (which we’ve all had, recently) high winds can carry seeds a LONG way!
Oak tree seedling in bermuda