Unwanted Pecan Trees

I live in zone 7b and have mature native pecan trees. They are quite prolific and the squirrels love to "plant" the pecans. I try to be diligent in digging up the newly planted pecan trees, but if I don't get the entire root, I am left with a volunteer that is stronger than ever. Also, if I overlook one, digging it out by hand is all but impossible. I have tried "Round-Up", but it just provides a temporary setback to these plants. Any ideas on how I can get rid of these unwanted saplings?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Wow, you have the exact opposite problem I do. I actually try to propagate hickory trees (a sister to your pecan, both being Carya genus). I am surprised to hear that the Roundup is only a temporary setback. Depending on where these seedlings are, you could put down landscape fabric and wood chips, or you could spray with a broadleaf herbicide (that won't harm nearby grass). No matter what you're spraying, read the label directions and do not spray on a windy day.


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