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Melaleuca Control Recommendations for Homeowners. Ken Langeland UF/IFAS Agronomy Department Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Hack and Squirt. Methods Of Application. Foliar. Cut Stump. Herbicides Used for Melaleuca Control. Active Ingredient. Brand Name(s). Application Method.

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melaleuca control recommendations for homeowners

Melaleuca Control RecommendationsforHomeowners

Ken Langeland

UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants


Hack and Squirt





Cut Stump


Herbicides Used for Melaleuca Control

Active Ingredient

Brand Name(s)

Application Method

what property owners can do
What Property Owners Can Do
  • Remove invasive plants from landscapes
    • Contractors for large jobs
    • Dispose of yard waste appropriately
    • Treat stumps with herbicide
      • Ortho Brush-B-Gon
      • Roundup Super Concentrate
      • Enforcer Brush Killer
personal protection equipment ppe
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

Eye protection

Long sleeves

Chemical resistant gloves

Follow label PPE instructions!


Woody Stems


Inactive xylem

Cambium and phloem

Active xylem

Cut as close to ground as possible
  • Cut stumps level!
  • Apply herbicide just inside bark (cambium)
  • Treat entire circumference
  • Treat within 15 minutes of cutting
hack and squirt
Hack and Squirt
  • Cut all the way around stem
  • Cut all the way in to cambium
  • Apply herbicide to exposed cambium
  • Use dyes so you can see what’s been treated
  • Treat within 15 minutes of cutting

Acute Toxicity

The lower the number, the higher the toxicity (i.e., it takes a smaller amount to cause toxicity)