Consider yourself lucky C! I start to twitch when I am driving down the road and see more than a half dozen ailanthus trees...and my blood pressure rises.Knock on Wood I have never had to deal with it. It must be some nasty stuff because every post that OAWC makes about being at camp, he always mentions whacking and spraying the stuff. His blood probably has 41% gly in it by now. LOL.
Yep. I have stands on big mature sumac, Ailanthus, whatever they are.....deer will browse the snot out of 'em, and we have them in such abundance that trying to remove them would be a fool's errand for us.I am overrun with the stuff. The ONE good note though, the deer absolutely love the ailanthus shoots and leaves. They will return day after day, until the shoots and leaves are all browsed off of downed trees.
I did the hack and squirt with Gly, and you have to do it when the sap is daown to the root, not running up the tree. If you so it when the sap runs up, the tree may die from the hack or girdle up, but will send out bunches of shoots from below, due to the Gly not working down to the root system.
The only tree I've found that deer love to browse more, is Sassafras, when I cut them for winter browse.
Try Crossbow or now AKA Crossroad. The active ingredient is triclopyr.Is that specific to Ailanthus or to all trees/plants that regenerate? I've got some vines....not sure what they're called--- those decorative things that grow like a foot a day, sprout up everywhere, and have those scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers.......I can't get rid of the flippin' things, and they're miserable to try to manage. That's not where I hunt, the prior owner of my home planted them. Now I can't get rid of 'em!
Crossroad is the generic equivalent of Crossbow. It is at Rural King for about $45 per gallon. It also comes in 2.5 gallon. You don't use very much per gallon either. I have been using it at camp to spray the briars and multiflora rose along the logging roads to keep them from overgrowing. It seems like you don't have to spray as much on the leaves like you do with gly to kill the plant. A couple of days and you can see the plants wilting. So far I like it.Try Crossbow or now AKA Crossroad. The active ingredient is triclopyr.