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How To Control Tallowtallow

There are a number of invasive trees which can be a bother to some but a desired plant to others. One such tree is tallow, more specifically known as Chinese tallow. To some, these trees are seen as ornamentals and can be pretty to look at, however because of their invasive nature, these trees can quickly takeover a land and can potentially inflict considerable harm to the ecosystem where they are prevalent.

Tallow is a non-native tree that has been around in the United States since the 1700s. Originally from eastern Asia, the Chinese tallow tree brought many benefits to the land such as the waxy coating of the seeds being used for candle and soap making, and the leaves beings used as herbal medicine to treat boils. The trees can grow quite large, up to 25 feet tall and have rhombus shaped leaves and blossom buds which resemble popcorn, earning it the nickname of “Popcorn Tree”.

Tallow trees are notorious for taking over habitats and out-competing other plant life, soaking up most of the nutrition and preventing other plants from thriving.  Infestations of tallow trees have become a problem in rice canals, irrigation systems, drainage ditches, rights-of-way, vacant lots, fence lines, pastures and rangelands. Tallow trees establish easily, grow quickly, and produce large quantities of seed. Tallow trees resprout quickly from crown and root buds when topgrowth is mechanically removed.

If you have chinese tallow growing on your land and want it gone, Solutions Pest and Lawn can assist you via top-grade control products and providing helpful how-to advice so you could safely and confidently do it yourself.

How To Control Tallow: 4 Step Solution

Tallow trees are not the easiest tree to get rid of. Because of it’s invasive nature, there is a likely chance that even with applying control measures, the tallow tree can re-emerge. With that being said, we want to make it clear that treatment of tallow trees is not a one-time job.  Tallow produces thousands of seeds that can survive for a long time and can spread by water, birds and animals. A tremendous number of seeds builds up under parent plants. We suggest checking your land regularly to remove seedlings. Here are the steps we suggest to get rid of this plant:

Step 1: The first step is to identify the plant to be sure that you are indeed dealing with a tallow tree and not some other species of tree.  If you are not totally sure, you can always shoot us an email at identification@solutionsstores.com containing a photo of the plant in question and we will ID it properly for you as well as provide control recommendations.

Step 2: Once you have determined it is tallow there are two ways you can go about treating the plant, either via spraying the stems or the leaves. Start with preparing your equipment. We recommend using a pump-up sprayer or a backpack sprayer depending on the number of trees you are dealing with. Sprayers mounted on ATV vehicles also work well.

Step 3: Next you can proceed with spraying either the tallow tree stem (which has to be done by cutting the tree down to a stump) or spraying the leaves. We have a number of products which are effective in treating Tallow trees, from Grazon to Remedy.  Whatever you choose depends upon your preference and budget. We also recommend using marking dye to mark plants that have been sprayed.

Step 4:  Timing is important when it comes to treating tallow. The best time for spraying is in April or May after tallow tree leaves have matured, and continue through September or until leaves begin to turn yellow to red. Be sure to adjust the sprayer nozzle to deliver a narrow, cone-shaped mist. As mentioned earlier, tallow treatment is not “one and done”. You’ll need to go over your land regularly to locate and treat unwanted tallow tree seedlings and plants that are missed or only partially damaged by the initial spray treatment.

Browse our tallow treatment products below. If you ever have any questions, reach out to us and we will be happy to assist you. You can reach us via phone, email or online live chat.

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