How To Remove Suckers From A Tree

How to Remove Suckers from Trees (and Why They are There in the First Place)

If your tree is slowly turning into a shrub by sending up suckers—a host of thin, upright branches from the base of the trunk or soil near the base of the tree—then here are some tips on why it might be happening and how to remove suckers from trees.How to remove suckers and water sprouts from trees. How to remove and prevent the thin, upright branches growing from the base of the trunk or soil near the base of the tree.

Trees send up suckers as a reaction to stress. Your smart tree is putting up an effort to survive in a less than perfect environment. Those suckers are a way of multiplying, ensuring the lineage of the tree lives on. If the tree can’t survive, the suckers will grow in its place.

Suckers are often seen on urban trees that are planted in the “hell strip,” the strip of grass or garden between the street and the sidewalk. This strip is often a very stressful place for a tree to grow, with poor soil that is flanked by concrete. The soil gets compacted from the pressure on the paved surfaces, and the concrete generates a lot of additional heat. Trees that have been growing in the hell strip will not thrive and produce as well as their counterparts in healthy soil with ample room for roots. These trees will often have more diseases and pests, and they send up suckers as a response to the stress they are under.

Drought is another reason why a tree might send up suckers. Upright branches from the base or upper branches as a result of drought conditions are called water sprouts. Water sprouts are the tree’s reaction to being thirsty.

A tree can also send up water sprouts and suckers as a result of improper pruning. A description of this is covered in this article on pruning.

As much of a nuisance as they are, the issue is primarily aesthetic. The tree is calling out for help, and if you listen perhaps you can help by improving the soil, moisture, or structure. Or you can simply choose to remove the suckers and keep up on the job as they appear. In some cases, like with older trees, this is not a bad solution. You could provide more water, better soil, and prune more carefully, but as the tree ages it will be more prone to suckers and this may just be how you have to manage it for the foreseeable future. Young trees, however, need more attention to the cause, as they shouldn’t be so stressed out at such a young age.

SPONSORED CONTENT: This post was sponsored by Fiskars, who also provided me with Fiskars Clearing Tools: a Hatchet and a Billhook Saw.  All of the opinions that are shared in this post are my own. Fiskars has also generously provided a giveaway for one of our lucky readers! See how to enter at the end of the post.

How to Remove Suckers From Trees

I have a couple of trees that I regularly will need to remove suckers from. My Corkscrew Hazel, Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, has gorgeous contorted and twisted branches that look best when the leaves have fallen. It’s prone to suckers that hide the true beauty of the trunk of the tree so they get chopped off regularly.corkscrew-hazelnut

I like to use a hatchet or billhook saw to remove the suckers at the base. Ideally, you want to get as close to the base as possible without cutting into the trunk. The nodes that send up more growth are located near where the suckers originate, so you need to remove those nodes in order to prevent regrowth.How to remove suckers and water sprouts from trees. How to remove and prevent the thin, upright branches growing from the base of the trunk or soil near the base of the tree.

To remove suckers at the base of a trunk, use a hatchet to hook around the suckers and pull them off. The blade will prune those that do not pull off more easily. Use pruners or the saw of the billhook saw to clean up any stubs that are left over.sawing-the-suckers-with-the-billhook-saw

To remove suckers under the soil, first try to pull them up. If they can easily be pulled off the roots then you are likely to get the growth nodes as well. If not, use the tip of the hatchet to loosen the soil around the suckers and then use the hook under the soil to cut the stem.

The hatchet can also be used to quickly remove watersprouts that grow in the spring and summer. Use the hook blade to swiftly remove the watersprouts at the branch. Then use the hatchet to quickly chop the pieces for the compost or yard waste bin.

prune my espalier apple tree in the fall each year after letting it grow quite steadily throughout the summer. I use bypass pruners to remove the thinner branches, the billhook saw for the larger branches, and then quickly chop them up to fit in the green waste bin using the hatchet.

Here is my espalier apple before:

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And after:


These tools can also be used for cutting back unruly and overgrown brush, removing tree roots from the soil, and dividing perennials. You can see more of the many uses of Fiskars clearing tools in this video:


Now that you are ready to get out and clean up those trees, I have some wonderful news to share: Fiskars is giving away a set of clearing tools to one lucky garden therapy reader! Simply leave a comment on this post telling us where you live and any details you would like to share about your garden and you will be entered into the draw for a set of tools from Fiskars: the very same Hatchet and Billhook Saw I use. You’ll be impressed with how versatile and efficient these tools are making it easy to complete different clearing tasks around the yard!fiskars-clearing-tools

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US. The winner will be chosen at random on October 25th, 2016, so come back here to see who is the lucky recipient.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Becky howeth
    Becky howethOctober 6,16

    I garden in Central Arkansas

  2. Tiffany Cheung
    Tiffany CheungOctober 6,16

    This is so amazing! I have a cherry tree and some forsythia bushes that needs trimming every year! I would love these tools to help me remove the roots and the hard to get out suckers! I’m using a hoe which doesn’t help at all! Thanks for the chance! I’m from New York and love gardening 😀

  3. Nathalie Beauchamp
    Nathalie BeauchampOctober 7,16

    I live in North Carolina on a 1/2 acres property that has lots of trees and bushes!! These would be so handy!! I am trying to transform my garden into a pollinator friendly garden.

  4. Cynthia
    CynthiaOctober 7,16

    I live in greater Boston and am fascinated by these tools! Just what I need to get the upper hand in my garden…

  5. Nicole
    NicoleOctober 7,16

    We just bought a home in Florida that was headed into foreclosure and the landscaping has gone crazy! Years of neglect has allowed it to revert to a wild state. Just learning about these tools has given me hope!

  6. Ann Marie Bell
    Ann Marie BellOctober 7,16

    I live in South Jersey where trees grow like weeds under & through the chain link fence. These tools look like they would reduce the labor it takes to remove them. Would love a set!

  7. Nikki Dorrell
    Nikki DorrellOctober 7,16

    I own my home in Oregon and have started my own orchard and these tools look very handy for all the plant maintenance I would need tools for. I am a professional fruit tree pruner and finding the right tools for the job (especially sucker removal) can be difficult and those Billhook Saws look like they’ll get the job done, no problem.

  8. Linda Myers
    Linda MyersOctober 7,16

    Have never seen these particular tools. They look awesome efficient! Course Fiskars tools I have are great quality. I have a May Day tree that suckers badly . Did you know they’re called Witches Tree in Finland! I garden in Saskatchewan

  9. Sue
    SueOctober 7,16

    Wow….what a tool! I have a very typical yard and garden in Michigan, with lots of opportunities to put it to good use, not just with suckers but trimming, cutting back, and more. Just seeing how effective it is makes me want to get out there and go to work!

  10. Anne
    AnneOctober 7,16

    Thanks for the giveaway! We are in a drought in our part of Central Georgia so my trees have suckers. Plus our soil is red, red clay!

  11. Kathy
    KathyOctober 7,16

    I am in south western MB and among other plants, these tools would be really useful with my grapes and apple trees.

  12. Betty
    BettyOctober 7,16


  13. Karen S.
    Karen S.October 7,16

    I live on five acres in Mount Vernon WA. Thank you for this post on suckers. I only have on e plant that has this problem and now it know why.

  14. Judith Guidry
    Judith GuidryOctober 7,16

    I live in Southeast LA & have a few trees that are sending out suckers & starting from seed also. I’ve never seen these types of Friskers tools before, but they look like they would certainly take care of the problem. I love gardening & when I had to fall a plumber out, when he walked into my backyard, he asked if this was a nursery. I just laughed. I think I might have gone overboard with my hobby.

  15. Carol Wightman
    Carol WightmanOctober 8,16

    This pruning tool looks incredible. I live in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Definitely in the rain forest!!!! Each year I spend the majority of my time in my garden pruning my shrubs and trees. With all the rain we receive it can become a formidable task. Any tool that helps to prune unwanted growth and branches, with as little chance of damage to the plant, is definitely needed by me.
    I thoroughly enjoy my garden and take immense pleasure in sharing cuttings, perennials and ideas with my friends and neighbours and the occasional stranger walking by.

  16. Lynne
    LynneOctober 8,16

    I have a Harry Lauder (in Connecticut) that could sure use the attention of a proper tool. The hatchet/billhook looks perfect.

  17. Tricia
    TriciaOctober 10,16

    I’m new to gardening and learning how to train my trees into espaliers. Those tools would be wonderful as I learn how to work on my garden.

  18. May Keefe
    May KeefeOctober 10,16

    I live in Toronto, Ontario and I love spending time in my garden, even though I have three kids. I have shrubs that need to be pruned and I love Fiskar products. Thank you!

  19. Bonnie Sterling
    Bonnie SterlingOctober 11,16

    We live on 2 and a 1/2 acres in beautiful southwestern Idaho. I have a decorative weeping cherry tree that is in sore need of some attention. These tools will be very useful! Thanks for the helpful hints!

  20. Cheryl Kampe
    Cheryl KampeOctober 12,16

    I enjoy the information you share. I recently moved and have a wonderful container garden. I’m look8ng foward for my citrus trees to grow. The rosemary plant has gotten unruly.. These tools will come in handy.

  21. Jessie
    JessieOctober 12,16

    These are great! I live in Seattle, WA and I have a maple tree in my front yard that constantly sends up suckers–These would be so handy!

  22. Debbie
    DebbieOctober 12,16

    Hi! I live in Wichita, KS. The house I bought has a wicked back yard with all kinds of roots above ground and all kinds of weeds, including poison oak. I need to clear out all the obnoxious (as well as noxious) stuff. These tools look like they would be perfect for these tasks.

  23. Janet
    JanetOctober 12,16

    Having planted numerous trees and shrubs after moving into my home 12 years ago, I could put these tools to good use! I have a few Fiskar tools that I use regularly but I don’t recall seeing these tools.

  24. Cee
    CeeOctober 12,16

    I garden in Toronto and grow vegetables in half barrels. They need a LOT of water!

  25. Tonia
    ToniaOctober 12,16

    I garden in Indiana. My hubby was just saying we needed to start cleaning up some of our trees. These tools would come in handy!!

  26. Robin
    RobinOctober 12,16

    I use Fiskars hand clippers, loppers and folding saws and they work great. I will be looking for these new Fiskars tools as they look like a brilliant design. Thanks for the great videos and tips. Love to get your emails!

  27. Marcia Cox
    Marcia CoxOctober 13,16

    Hi, I live and garden in northwest Oregon. After some major health concerns that took me down for a couple of years, including only having the use of one arm, but I came back with a renewed spirit for what I love-gardening topping that list . At 67, I may be slowing, but I’m a long way from quitting ! I have used Fiskar tools for years), and now more than ever having the right tool for the job, can be the difference between failure and success.Many thanks for helping me create my peaceful haven !

  28. dotyhy
    dotyhyOctober 13,16

    I am an Alabama girl, living in Lacey’s Spring Al. My garden is getting ready for winter. Has been a very dry summer, Drought conditions, with no rain for almost 3 months. We have spent a lot of time watering sparingly to keep plants and trees alive. Fall is a welcome site, come on Fall and then winter so I can start planning for spring you know.

  29. Ann
    AnnOctober 13,16

    I live in NW Florida and have a problem with suckers on my Crepe Myrtles and would love to have thes tools to remove the, It looks lik they would make the job much easier than what I am currently using which are bypass pruners.

  30. Stephanie C.
    Stephanie C.October 13,16

    I live in NW Indiana and love your blog! We have an acre of property and lots of landscaping. I have a small to medium size garden and separate herb beds. These will definitely come in handy.a

  31. Ashley C
    Ashley COctober 13,16

    I live in central MA. These tools look amazing and would come in handy cleaning up the landscaping.

  32. Lisa
    LisaOctober 13,16

    I leave in central Virginia. I have crepe myrtles that took a hit from the cold winter and have suckers all over. These tools would be very helpful.

  33. Beth Ryckman
    Beth RyckmanOctober 13,16

    Good info I have a crab apple tree that sent outva multitudecof suckers now I understand why. I live and garden in Ontario just east of Toronto.

  34. Melva Shrum
    Melva ShrumOctober 13,16

    We just bought some retirement property, and it is so overgrown that we can hardly walk the acreage. My husband has been hacking through the best he can, but I worry he is damaging the trees. It would be great to have proper tools. Better yet would be to win them on my Birthday! I have used Fisker products for my roses for more than 35 years, so know what a great quality they are.

  35. Donna
    DonnaOctober 13,16

    Coastal Carolina. I think the salty air and ocean breeze stress the trees. Many of mine develop suckers and waterspouts.

  36. Rebecca Dillon
    Rebecca DillonOctober 13,16

    I live in the Piney Woods of East Texas. I have pear trees and crape myrtles that send out suckers. This article helped me understand why the trees do this and how to remove the suckers without harming the tree. The Fiskar tool set would be very useful in caring for my trees.

  37. sandra
    sandraOctober 13,16

    I live in Maine and these would be very useful in my yard. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  38. M.
    M.October 13,16

    I live–really, truly–in the woods. There are any number of trees with non-wanted growth. The hatchet or saw would come in most handy as I try to clear things here.

  39. Lee Dodd
    Lee DoddOctober 13,16

    I live in Michigan and absolutely love Fiskars! I have several of their garden tools but not the two you featured. I enjoyed your article as well about removing suckers. It will come in handy for me with my crabapple tree that always has suckers. My husband & I just purchased a small lot up north for our camper and these tools would be great for clearing out as well as wonderful for my home garden. Thank you for the opportunity to win these awesome tools :)

  40. Martha
    MarthaOctober 13,16

    I am an avid gardener in Northwest Alabama. I have spent the last 25 years transforming out 1 1/2 acres in a beautiful garden. I’m also a Master Gardener and have worked on projects throughout our community. Tools are precious commodities that I need, & I would love to win these!

  41. Carolyn
    CarolynOctober 13,16

    Thanks for the pruning information. We have several old apple trees on our Nova Scotia property and would like to make them more productive and beautiful.

  42. Anne Weber-Falk
    Anne Weber-FalkOctober 13,16

    I am living in Lakewood, Illinois. We are new to the village and really enjoying our lives here. These tools will certainly come in handy as we live in a Tree City. So many trees here. We can barely see the sky through all the trees.

  43. Joy
    JoyOctober 13,16

    Hello Stephanie !
    This was a great post and the pictures really illustrate the story of “how to!” perfectly.
    I love your trees ! .. I have quite a few in my back garden and I have seen some suckers more so this year with the constant drought we have had in south eastern Ontario … it was not a great year with no significant rain fall. These tools would be great to have on hand !
    Kingston Ontario !

  44. Pat Cassity
    Pat CassityOctober 13,16

    I live in Boise Idaho “The City of Trees”. We have soooo many trees, volunteers and suckers to keep up with. These Fiskar tools would never be lonely!! Thank-you!

  45. Carla
    CarlaOctober 13,16

    I’m working on building up my arsenal of fiskars tools. Have looked at these but needed others more desperately. Would love to win them.

    • Carla
      CarlaOctober 13,16

      Oops garden in Kansas.

  46. Suzy VB
    Suzy VBOctober 13,16

    Thank you for the chance to win these amazing Fiskars tools. I enjoyed your article and found it very informative.

  47. Adrienne Wilson
    Adrienne WilsonOctober 13,16

    Great info on how to use these tools! I’m constantly fighting suckers on my Holly trees in Jacksonville, Florida. With such a long growing season here there is something to do every month.

  48. Robin
    RobinOctober 13,16

    I live in NW PA and these Fiskar tools are wonderful. I have a ground ivy that I am working on removing that was here when I bought my house. The runners it sends out are really destructive.

  49. Krista
    KristaOctober 13,16

    I garden in PA. I have never seen tools like these but now I surely know how I would use them! Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. Mary
    MaryOctober 13,16

    My garden is in central Iowa. Moved into my first house (1946 vintage) after college and am still here. July 2017 will be 30 years. Planted lots of trees early on and have so much shade now that it makes vegetable gardening a bit of a challenge. I am thinking of removing a few trees now for a better vegetable garden. Besides my bow saw, I routinely use my bypass and anvil pruners to keep things under control. I would love to win the set of Fiskars tools. I use Fiskars scissors and rotary cutters in my sewing and crafting. Love the photo of your Corkscrew Hazel. If it will grow in BC maybe I can get one to grow here in Iowa.

  51. Kelly Beck
    Kelly BeckOctober 13,16

    I live in the desert southwest. We have citrus tree that require pruning! These tools would make it all so much easier!!

  52. vera harland
    vera harlandOctober 13,16

    I garden in Fairlawn Ohio-a very apt name!

  53. JoAnne Heintz
    JoAnne HeintzOctober 13,16

    I buy one or more new Fiskars tools for our garden or woods every year….I love them. We live in the country in Lodi, Wi.

  54. Nancy Murphy
    Nancy MurphyOctober 13,16

    I garden in NE Indiana.

  55. K.Gillmore
    K.GillmoreOctober 13,16

    I live in Ontario, I work for a small landscaping business that maintains gardens, sure could use a handy tool like from Fiskars, knowing they make quality tools!

  56. Karen
    KarenOctober 14,16

    I live in central NH, the last few years I have learned a lot of gardening more than ever before….

  57. Kristin
    KristinOctober 14,16

    I live in Minnesota and definitely have some suckers that need to be pruned away! I’d never heard of a billhook saw before but I’d love to try it!

  58. Constance Wheeler
    Constance WheelerOctober 14,16

    Hello there !! I live in the Pacific Northwest, in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. As in some other parts of the country, we’re almost in a drought situation here. I can’t keep my trees watered enough! I do have some sucker problems and would really like to have the billhook saw.

  59. Kathy C
    Kathy COctober 14,16

    The link for the contest to win the Fiskars tool does not work. I’ve tried it on 2 computers. :(

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 14,16

      Hi Kathy, no link, you just leave a comment here. Since you did that, you are entered. Good luck :)

      • Kathy Chernicky
        Kathy ChernickyOctober 18,16

        Thank you!! I was so confused.

  60. Jackie
    JackieOctober 14,16

    Wow, great looking tool set. I live in Saskatchewan & we have an ornamental crab that sends out water shoots all the time. These would be great for pruning them off.

  61. Andrea Burbano
    Andrea BurbanoOctober 14,16

    Hi! I garden in Lake Zurich, IL and love these tools. I think they will be of great help in my gardening!

  62. Dale Cecchettini
    Dale CecchettiniOctober 14,16

    Happy Fall🍂 I live in San Ramon, CA….I am a Certified Master Gardener for Contra Costa County. These tools would be helpful when we volunteer at School and Community Gardens….thank you for the consideration.

  63. clundgren
    clundgrenOctober 14,16

    I garden on Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada. Thank you for this article, now I understand why my apple tree sent up so many water shoots.

  64. Wendy
    WendyOctober 14,16

    I’m a new to gardening in Kentucky

  65. Sandra Creel
    Sandra CreelOctober 15,16

    Hi from Mississippi. I learned a lot about suckers from this article. I could use these tools in my yard I have arthritis and these look like something I could easily use. Thanks.

  66. Giselle
    GiselleOctober 15,16

    I garden on beautiful Cape Breton Island. We have lilacs, pine trees, a rose hedge, as well as a mix of flowering shrubs. We also have a crab tree, but the apples never grow big enough to do anything with. The oak tree, while only a few feet in height, was grown from seed.

  67. holly
    hollyOctober 15,16

    I am in Oceanside, CA in a 55+ community. My husband and I downsized to this home 18 months ago. A struggling lemon tree was in the garden and I have worked hard to bring it back from it’s sorry state and now have a happy tree full of fruit! There were many suckers which I trimmed and I am glad that I fully know why they were there. I would love to be gifted those lovely Fiscars tools to help maintain that lemon and the additional lemon, lime and pomegranate trees I am tending. Thanks for all your information and tips! P.S. love your espaliered apple!

  68. Judy Trimble
    Judy TrimbleOctober 15,16

    I live in central Ca. Wow I would love to win these tools to keep my crape myrtle in check which continually sends up suckers. Thanks for this informative article.

  69. Frankie G
    Frankie GOctober 15,16

    Hi, we live in the sandhills of South Carolina. Because of all the sand, moisture just drains right thru it so a lot of the trees and bushes that will survive here throw out suckers. I would love to win the Fiskar tools to help cut/remove the suckers and try to plant them in other locations on our 2 acres.

  70. Kristin F.
    Kristin F.October 15,16

    Gratitude to the trees! Garden of my own I do not have so I’ve adopted trees and help heal them. Learning how to prune and garden brought me out of a deep depression and now I am paying that forward by taking care of neglected and struggling trees in public spaces and non-gardeners yards. Any tools are welcome but Fiskars are definitely excellent well-made tools. Thanks for the information on how to use the Fiskars Hatchet & Billhook Saw! On the wishlist now! :-)

  71. Kristin F.
    Kristin F.October 15,16

    Forgot to add my location: mostly Seattle and some beloved places further north.

  72. Mary-Ann
    Mary-AnnOctober 15,16

    Hi I loved your article and now know why my trees and bushes are suckering all over the place. Thanks for the informative and helpful information, I’ll be busy in the spring because right now in Central Northeast Saskatchewan we are covered in snow since the 4th of October and it doesn’t look like its leaving anytime soon! Those tools look great, hope I win!

  73. Sharon
    SharonOctober 15,16

    We live in San Diego, California, and bought a house with a severely neglected garden that we are trying to restore. I’m a firm believer in not recreating a garden until you understand it, so I have been working hard to just return it to a healthy state. There are two acres of gardens and I will gladly accept any and all help. These tools would definitely be put to good use.

  74. Jean Ciangi
    Jean CiangiOctober 15,16

    I live in Illinois and we purchased 2 beautiful trees. Both have been sending suckers up. I truly didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Now I do. Please help me by winning the hatchet and billhook saw. I LOVE Friskers products. I really need these tools

  75. Jeanne C
    Jeanne COctober 15,16

    I have a Lilac bush with what sounds like suckers from your article. I would love to give these tools a try. Thanks for the chance to win them!

  76. Evelyn Lynch
    Evelyn LynchOctober 16,16

    I live on the east coast, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Love these tools! Please enter me in your contest.

  77. Sheila Gunderson
    Sheila GundersonOctober 16,16

    I live in the country and have a large yard and windbreak to maintain. Please please enter me in this promotion.

  78. Chris Strickland
    Chris StricklandOctober 16,16

    I enjoy your newsletter! I live in NE Georgia and would use these tools to trim my crepe myrtle, flowering quince and to remove privet.

  79. Ann Parker
    Ann ParkerOctober 16,16

    I am new to central Texas gardening and these would come in handy in tidying up my yard that had been unattended for 20 years.

  80. Crystal Chilvers
    Crystal ChilversOctober 16,16

    I’m fairly new to Garden Therapy and love what I see. I could truly use these Fiskars tools in your promotional giveaway. Please include me in this giveaway. I garden in Hawaii and things grow fast here. Aloha

  81. christine wisniewski
    christine wisniewskiOctober 16,16

    I live in Ohio and Garden professionally. I thank the Lord every day for showing me the way to what I was truly ment to do in helping our natural world thrive one plot at a time. Doing I love I am also helping others and educating along the way. I use as many native plants as possible when I create a new garden to assist in the future of our insect population. If it were not for them we would not have food. In cleaning up neglected gardens I use a lot of Fiskars tools and love all of them. I also look for new tools to aid in working smarter not harder and Fiskars does just that. It would truly be a blessing to have more tools to do my job (passion) more effeciantlly. Good luck to all.

  82. S. simmons
    S. simmonsOctober 16,16

    Live outside of Austin, Texas and have used many of ideas on Garden Therapy. I do a lot of the crafts!

  83. Betty Moore
    Betty MooreOctober 17,16

    Central Mississippi is where you will find me and where I have lived for the better part of my life. Suckers, hate those ever springing up creatures from my crepe myrtles and it would be great to have a tool that would take care of the job easier.

  84. J. Uecker
    J. UeckerOctober 17,16

    I live in Indiana and I’ve got plenty of shrubs to trim and flowerbeds to make.

  85. Mariah Hayden
    Mariah HaydenOctober 17,16

    I just saw these tools for the first time this week! I’m an urban farmer in Cleveland.

  86. David Wall
    David WallOctober 17,16

    I frequently find suckers on older water and willow oak trees as well as on stumps of holly shrubs that were cut down two years ago.

  87. Pam burns
    Pam burnsOctober 17,16

    I live in ohio and love my gardening but as the years advance (66) and the joints wear out, im losing alot of my strength. These tools appear to be just the thing i need to keep my yard neat and tidy with less effort. Would love these!

  88. Viola Crutchley
    Viola CrutchleyOctober 17,16

    I loved this article. I didn’t know why my new trees were all sending out new growth from the bases.
    I am new to having enough land to plant more tree.
    Thank you for the info.

  89. robert williams
    robert williamsOctober 17,16

    Fiskar stands behind their tools

  90. Nancy Wilson
    Nancy WilsonOctober 17,16

    I used Fisk as in my sewing room and would love to try them in the gardens around my house. I live I Fruitland, Missouri.

  91. Nancy Wilson
    Nancy WilsonOctober 17,16

    I love using Fiske in my sewing room, now I would love to use them in my garden in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

  92. Anne-Marie Bezzina
    Anne-Marie BezzinaOctober 17,16

    This article was very useful! I did not know why trees sent out suckers! The tools look amazing and very useful. I am in Oregon. I have a plum and apple tree that send out suckers every year. This would be grea tot trim them!

  93. Kathy Kish
    Kathy KishOctober 17,16

    I love my Fiskar tools and sewing tools. I have a 50 year old White Birch tree that has suckers and now I know why. These tools would be such a help with the suckers and my other trimming jobs. I live in Pennsylvania and would love to have these tools.

  94. Deborah Rosen
    Deborah RosenOctober 17,16

    I live in West Virginia, USA. We bought this property nine years ago and have begun working on the outside. We put in a medium-sized vegetable garden and have begun working on the garden beds around the house. Future plans include some berry bushes, fruit trees, a root vegetable garden and an herb garden.

  95. Linda Dunlap
    Linda DunlapOctober 17,16

    I live in rural Ohio! Get a lot of mulberry trees started by the birds as they drop seed! Of course, they are sitting in my blue rose of Sharon bush, which has been beautiful if you don’t count the huge mulberry tree trying to take it over. I think this tool would be fantastic as I work around my yard!!

  96. Pamela Cremer
    Pamela CremerOctober 17,16

    I live in Shawnee KS, USA, and have been struggling with a Star Magnolia that has really been sending up these suckers this year. Now I know why and I feel bad that my lovely tree is under stress!

  97. Christine Cantrell
    Christine CantrellOctober 17,16

    I garden for my soul to survive and thrive. I hated weeding in childhood, but love tending to flowers, bushes and trees surrounding my home in Michigan. I have a Concertina Crabapple that refularly sends up suckers. I’m glad to learn how to manage this, in the article. I love Fisker sissors that I use with Pendleton wool to create song birds, hawks and peacocks in soft sculptures. Check out my Etsy store at FirstBirdReCreation. Christine Cantrell, Berkley, MI, US

  98. sandra dodgson
    sandra dodgsonOctober 17,16

    I live in Pensacola, fl. I have crepe myrtles that are always growing suckers.

  99. Elaine Condon
    Elaine CondonOctober 17,16

    I live in Silver Lake, Oregon on the edge of the high desert. We can get a frost every month of the year. My Lombardy poplars have been sending out suckers for 7 or 8 years. This is a very interesting article about the whys. If you are an RV’er stop at Elaine’s RV park when traveling through south central Oregon!!!! (Just had to throw that in!!! :-) )

  100. Sylvia Oey
    Sylvia OeyOctober 18,16

    Sacramento, California, calls itself “the city of trees.” I understand the two elms planted in the “hell strip” in front of my house are eighty years old. Considering their age, location, and the draught, it’s no wonder I’m constantly battling suckers!

  101. Marilyn White
    Marilyn WhiteOctober 18,16

    I have been battling suckers on my crabapple tree for years and have tried a lot of different methods for keeping them at bay with not much success. I am pleased that Fiskars has developed these tools for controlling them and I was very pleased with the information. IThe only time the suckers don’t bother me is during our long winters in upstate New York on the Canadian border!

  102. Jennifer Heath
    Jennifer HeathOctober 18,16

    Thanks for the useful information. We have 10½ acres and I’m trying to get the sides of the yard cleaned up where it meets the woods. I could definitely use some help :)

    • Jennifer Heath
      Jennifer HeathOctober 18,16

      I forgot to say that I live in Strawberry Plains in beautiful East Tennessee.

  103. Sue Nolan
    Sue NolanOctober 18,16

    I live on 10 acres in Everson WA. My trees and shrubs would absolutely love the attention from some great Fiskar tools and I would be totally overjoyed to use them!

  104. Kathy
    KathyOctober 18,16

    I need these tools to make gardening easier. At 64 years old, anything that will assist me in continuing to enjoy my garden would be most welcomed. What great tools! If I don’t win, I could always ask Santa for one. 🎅🏼

  105. Laura Harrison
    Laura HarrisonOctober 18,16

    We bought a fixer upper on 6 aces on the TN/KY line. There are a lot of trees and bushes on the property. It has been neglected for a long time. I spent the better of 2 months pruning, pulling, and lopping trees, brush, and the biggest weeds I have ever encountered. We bought a pair of Fiskars hand loppers and a Fiskar lopper with extendable handles. Hope I win. I have much more to do and More Fiskars tools would be awesome.

  106. alice gober
    alice goberOctober 18,16

    I live In Central Alabama and have tons of weeds to take care of in our flower and vegetable gardens.

  107. Marlene Daniels
    Marlene DanielsOctober 18,16

    I live in mid Michigan, if we were in person I could show you on my hand. Hehehe Anyways we have several apple trees, pear trees, and cherry trees. These are always sending up shoots.. The tools would come in very handy, I love Friskars tools. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  108. Lori Roberts
    Lori RobertsOctober 18,16

    I live in Utah and found this very informative. It will help me understand how my fruit trees grow and how to take care if them. I didn’t know Fiskars made these tools.

  109. Beth
    BethOctober 18,16

    Very useful article! I am in Rochester, NY, and plan to go out hunting for suckers :)
    We have mostly old trees.

  110. Wonder Wyant
    Wonder WyantOctober 18,16

    I live in South Dakota and I don’t know much about how to take care of trees. Hence, I’m here learning. These look like great tools that I probably can’t afford.

  111. Marjie Hicks
    Marjie HicksOctober 18,16

    I live in Roy, WA. We have several fruit trees with suckers that need care. Thank you for this informative article.

  112. Elizabeth
    ElizabethOctober 18,16

    In Maryland and I wondered why those suckers sprouted and if my cutting tactic was appropriate. NOW, I have clear guidance & know what tool I don’t yet have !! Love Fiskar tools !!

  113. Diane Wagner
    Diane WagnerOctober 18,16

    Great article and thank you for including the source for the tools!!!

  114. judie smith
    judie smithOctober 18,16

    I live in Chatham Ontario. I have a Viburnum that regularly sends up suckers and they are somewhat hard to remove-this set would make it much easier.

  115. Bonnie
    BonnieOctober 19,16

    I live in Michigan and have many, many tress around me. We live on 1.25 acres surrounded by woods. So we are always trimming tress somewhere. I have a Magnolia tree out front and it needs some trimming with lots of suckers. Those tools would be great to use on that tree.

  116. Mary Anderson
    Mary AndersonOctober 20,16

    I have a lovely garden on the edge of the woods in Ontario, Canada. Every spring and fall I am cutting back the unwanted growth that tends to creep in from the forest. I also maintain twenty Apple trees on the property. These wonderful Fiskers tools would be a welcome assistance to my continual garden upkeep.

  117. Patricia English
    Patricia EnglishOctober 20,16

    I live in Western North Carolina on two acres in my forever house! I am growing 3 types of apple trees and two pear trees. This is a first for me! The learning curve is an exciting journey!

  118. Kerri Warren
    Kerri WarrenOctober 21,16

    we live in almost northern Ontario; trimming shrubs and trees is a constant part of gardening. These instructions are great, almost as good as the Fiskar hatchet and pruner. These would be a great aid in the constant battle against Manitoba maples

  119. Sheila Gist
    Sheila GistOctober 22,16

    I have all kinds of trees and stumps with suckers like thosed pictured. I could really use these tools.

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