Don’s Expert Answers: Council ground out tree stumps on their park side of my fence but I am left with huge tree stumps still on my side of the fence. Should I have them ground out or possible to make into an unusual feature?

Question From:
NORMA CRAWFORD in GOROKAN, WYONG New South Wales

Nature of problem:
Council ground out tree stumps on their park side of my fence but I am left with huge tree stumps still on my side of the fence. Should I have them ground out or possible to make into an unusual feature?

Type of Plant (if known):
May be Cedar Tree

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
n/a

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
loam

How often do you water the plant:
n/a

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
n/a

How long since you planted it:
Planted by previous land owners before my place built 2003, probably 50 years at a guess, or more?

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
n/a

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
outdoors

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:
I have been digging soil out to expose how far roots go

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Other Comments:
I moved in here a year ago with a broken wrist so it has taken me a long time to get rid of the Cliveas which hadn’t been cared for for many years, to expose these roots, I have more pictures available. I would really appreciate your advice. Thanks Norma

Answer:
Hi Norma, At a guess, that is a nasty weed tree called a Coral tree. Let it grow for a few months, then treat it with Roundup: chop onto the bark and paint the neat roundup into the fresh wounds. Spray any green parts with Roundup as well, taking care to avoid any of the Roundup going onto the other plants nearby. Grind out the stumps about 3 months later. Don

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