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Lawn Care Tips - How to Kill Tree Seedlings In Your Lawn


maple tree helicopters

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 oak tree seedlingour 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


I have a company that runs a Lawn Mowing Service and reading this article has helped me improve my service a lot. Thank you for taking the time to write it. 
Posted @ Friday, October 26, 2012 7:00 AM by Lawn Mowing Service
I can handle the seedlings from trees but I have little cedar or pine trees which are starting to take over some areas of my lawn. The extension service said the only thing you can do is mow or pull them out by hand. They are hard on my bare feet and grow faster than the lawn. Is there anything I can spray them with to get rid of them?
Posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 11:33 AM by Randy
Thank you. I recently had 3 very large maple cut and topped. This morning I walked to my back yard and saw (no kidding) dozens maybe hundreds of seedlings everywhere. You guys are life savers. Now all I have to do is now close and often. NO PROBLEM. Before I read your info I thought I was doomed to pull them out all summer. Thanks Again. Bill Tarkington
Posted @ Monday, May 05, 2014 2:17 PM by William Tarkington
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This simple article saved me much time, worry, and money!
Posted @ Saturday, June 07, 2014 9:31 AM by Mel Whiteside - Wichita, KS.
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