Black paint to prevent tree growth

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Black paint to prevent tree growth

Postby GoldenWattle » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:12 am

I had a melia azederach in the back yard which had lateral growth severely cut back by the previous owners. I thought it looked awful, so I cut it down to about 1.5m (not an easy job using a bow saw). It's sent out heaps of new branches which I've already removed a few times, but they just keep coming back. I plan to get a chainsaw to cut the tree down as close to the ground as possible. I was hoping someone could tell me what the black paint does to prevent re-growth (ie. is it a poison and does it remain localised). I know it's not normal black paint, but I don't know the name of the product. I was wondering if the paint would affect any plants growing nearby.

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