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Thread: Poplar root vs water tank

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    Poplar root vs water tank

    While checking the lack of water in my tanks I have noticed some poplar roots have entered the concrete tank and are sprouting.
    I'm not sure how to deal with this. Do I dig them out and kill the roots? Will that create a leak?
    Do I leave them and just trim what's inside the tank?
    Not sure what to do really, what you think?

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    Is it a household tank off a roof? Photo would help, but my guess is the tanks been leaking for a while attracting the roots, theyve grown through the crack forcing it open. It will only get worse think concree paths. Probably need to think about replacing it with a plastic one.

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    You will need to kill the poplars, remove the roots that have entered the tank, and then re-plaster it to seal the tank. The poplar roots will have followed the seepage from the floor of the tank, and they will ultimately destroy the tank. You will need to poison the roots in order to stop regrowth.

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    As others have said remove the poplars and poison the remaining stumps.You need to do this within 12 hours of cutting the tree.Triumph gel is what you are after nothing comes back from this if applied correctly.

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    Contrary to poplar belief, you are rooted!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Contrary to poplar belief, you are rooted!!
    Nice one Gibo, I just twigged
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    Aw,leaf it out guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markgibsonr25 View Post
    As others have said remove the poplars and poison the remaining stumps.You need to do this within 12 hours of cutting the tree.Triumph gel is what you are after nothing comes back from this if applied correctly.
    And cut the trunk off as close to the ground as possible to maximise the depth at which the poison penetrates the roots.
    I recommend painting with the gel immediately after cutting for max impact [the theory being that the tree goes into survival mode and sucks all its sap back down into the root stock as soon as it is cut, therefore the earlier the application, the more poison enters the root system and the deeper it will go].

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    I've got some of the gel you paint on the stumps, give me a PM if you want to grab some.

    Definitely need to pull them all out and get the tank repaired or replaced.
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    Thanks lads, looks like I've got some work to plan.

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    I had a 44gal drum of 245D for this type of problem, it certainly killed poplar and willow, Contractor took a few years back, he was over the moon. but yep agree with a low cut and immediate application of the chosen poison.
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Quote Originally Posted by smidey View Post
    Thanks lads, looks like I've got some work to plan.

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    Have a chat to Brad at Northern Drainage...Really good guy and he'll hook you up with either concrete or plastic tank.


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    We do this every day and I have found height of stump doesn't matter as often we hit wire ,old bicycles , warratahs etc and i have yet to see anything come back from the triumph gel.There is always the stumpgrinder option afterwards.

 

 

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