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How to kill a neighbours tree
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Bob    Posted 04-13-2004 at 01:51:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in England and have a problem with my neighbours tree

We have small gardens and my neighbour has a large
eucalyptus tree which leaves my garden in shade all summer.

I would like to kill this tree, but without my neighbour knowing.
It is planted only 6 feet from my fence, so it is possible to pour
chemicals on it, if this would work.

Any advice would be welcome.

xeokym    Posted 09-03-2005 at 14:35:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's very easy to kill a tree by pouring bleach around the base of it. It will shrivel up and die within a week at the most. If you don't want it to look obvious, though, just pour small amounts day after day (well....night after night). You don't have to use straight bleach, you can mix 50/50 with water so it seeps in better & still get the same result, and it won't be so drastic. It will just appear like the tree died on its own. Remember to pour it close to the trunk, though, as all the grass around it will show where ever you pour it.

JF    Posted 04-13-2004 at 14:28:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love shade.
Move to the desert.

Mike in tn    Posted 04-13-2004 at 12:02:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cordless drill & spike pelets, thats all I am saying.

ron,ar    Posted 04-13-2004 at 07:47:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get drunk, go cut tree down. Nobody wants to mess with a drunk guy so they won't stop ya. Then when he files charges on you, you have a built in excuse, "shorry yur honner Iwass inertoxercated at the time and cannot rememmmber"

E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 04-13-2004 at 08:53:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm surprised at some of    Posted 04-13-2004 at 07:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
This man requested advice on how to deal with a "low down trespasser", and you take the side of the criminal. Now, I admit that he asked for the cowardly, sneaky, behind-his-neighbor's-back way of handling it.
My neighbor planted a bunch of trees about two feet from the property line. They dropped their leaves and dirt all over my car and drive way. I asked him nicely to do something and he refused, so I had a landscape company cut each and everyone of them back to the boundary line. Then I sued him before the magistrate and he had to pay the landscape company bill. My house and driveway were there long before his house was even built. Half the trees died because of the trimming. I don't care. In another two or three years, the trees would have been up into the power and tele. lines, with a whole new set of problems. Some folks are inconsiderate and rude when it comes to planting trees. Why should someone not anticipate that a tree will grow and perhaps inconvenience a neighbour? or grow into power lines? Such lack of forethought deserves the consequences.

screaminghollow    Posted 04-13-2004 at 07:15:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I surely don't know the law of your jurisdiction, however, several old Pennsylvania cases which say they are relying on English common law, say that tree branches which hang over a property line constitute a tresspass and that a landowner has the right to cut the branches back to the property line, with the exception that if the branches had extended over the property line for 21 yrs or more, then there may be a prescriptive easement for the branches to encroach over the adjacent property. Eucolyptus trees are pretty fast growing. So there may be a possibility that you can show that the branches didn't hang over the fence for more than 21 yrs. Old photos, aerial photos, satellite photos etc. You'll probably have to check with a solicitor to be certain. There is some discussion of the rights of owners in, under and over their land in Sir Blackstone's Commentaries (1760's)
When all else fails, I've heard that two or three pure copper brads or tacks in the trunk will kill your arboreal invader in a few months.

big fred    Posted 04-13-2004 at 07:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suppose next you'll be telling us that he has a prettier wife and you want some advice on seducing her...

geo in MI    Posted 04-13-2004 at 06:52:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, at least you didn't ask how to burn down your neighbor's house...........

deadcarp    Posted 04-13-2004 at 06:51:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it's within reach, swing a small cable around it and saw thru the bark all the way around. Nothing lives long without eating and that cuts off its nutrition. Another way to kill a tree is to cut the top off. Course you didn't hear it from me. :)

badgirl    Posted 08-22-2007 at 03:47:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My neighbour is kind enough to cut the branches on his maple tree back to the 4 foot mark every 2 or 3 yrs, it doesn't kill the tree, but it does kindly spare my yard from shade as he knows I love my gardens. He is not an obnoxious neighbour.

DD    Posted 04-13-2004 at 03:53:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the tree is that big then it sounds like it was there first....Move your garden : )

Steve from TN    Posted 04-13-2004 at 04:57:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think he is just ventin'. Their "garden" is what we call our yard, I believe. I hope he's just ventin'.

DD    Posted 04-13-2004 at 08:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, when I hear the word Garden, I think of tilled soil where ya grow good stuff to eat : ) If the limbs are just hanging over the property line on your side you have every right to cut them down.

Bob .... this is    Posted 04-13-2004 at 02:14:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
your neighbour , if my tree dies , I'm goning to politely bend your nose!!!!!!

Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-13-2004 at 02:52:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tunnel under the fence, under the yard, and when the moles or gophers ain't looking, cut off the neighboors roots, but be sure to take them with ya. Got to take them with ya to distrioy the saw marks. LMAO

This Bob: Good Morning to you and yours, I can't believe I've read this. Got one of these neighbors right down my road. Suppose they're related?

Now I'm worried for my children! One of their Grandmother's was part English. And, she was on my side of the family.

Crystal    Posted 07-03-2006 at 14:54:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have the same problem! im taking this advice, im tired of the tree next door blocking the sun all day. For those of you that comment saying that if the tree is that big it must have been there first, not true. This tree is growing drastically each year and it needs to die.

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