there a right way to remove suckers on hazelnuts and flowering cherries,
or is it just one of those ongoing jobs? Also, the cherry has surface
roots which are so large it's difficult to mow over. Can I remove
any of these roots?
species of Corylus, which includes the edible hazelnut, have
a bushy habit, with many stems arising from suckers around the base
of the plant. So there's really nothing you can, or should, do to
prevent them growing, apart from pulling out the odd one to control
the spread of the plant.
With the flowering cherry,
just pull suckers out rather than prune them off. Don't attempt
to remove any of the cherry roots - it will probably just encourage
more suckering and there's the risk of opening up the root system
I'd stop mowing close
to the tree and apply a layer of bark or wood chip mulch over the
area to cover the exposed roots and keep the grass down. You could
spray the grass with herbicide first or smother it with a layer
of newspapers or weedmat before laying the mulch. Don't put mulch
hard up against the trunk or you run the risk of encouraging rot
in the bark.
Gardener, Issue 171, 2005, Page 24
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.