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Poisoning Trees (Cunningly)
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Michael    Posted 04-19-2002 at 02:37:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear All,

I am looking for a way of poisoning trees without anybody noticing. I live along the sea and the trees have just blocked out the view completely. The bloody greenies wont let you touch the trees…Not even to cut them back! If any of you have any suggestion on how to overcome this problem for instance: if you no of a method of killing trees with leaving no evidence, I would greatly appreciate it if you could email me. My email is: Any suggestions and thoughts most welcome!

Thanking you in Advance.


Barry Wenhold    Posted 06-17-2006 at 13:32:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The real issue here is, "What's wrong with your perception?" You would rather see the water than the trees. That's fine, but what about the people who like to see the trees. If you don't own it you don't have the right to change it. You should be very thankful of that fact and the fact that other people respect this. Think about the neighbor that would like to live seclusion, without having to see your house in his view.

Mike    Posted 05-03-2009 at 06:24:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I logged on to find out HOW my tree was poisoned.

It was done for revenge because I bought the house before the culprit, who owns the house next door.

And I shall confront him when I find out how it was done. not revert to devious methods.

The other Neighbor    Posted 04-06-2008 at 17:01:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok, so we all have our excuses for needing a tree dead. Here is how it's done both fast and leaving everyone scratching their heads wondering what happened to it.

Required Equipment:
1) Sharp Knife or box cutter.
2) Cordless Drill.
3) 3/8" drill bit (Long enough to reach the tree's core.)
4) 1/2" wide Carpenter's chisel.
5) Black plastic garbage bag.
6) Bungee cord.
7) Coarse sea salt.
8) A large barrel drinking straw.
9) Round-Up or any other badass weed killer in a spray bottle.
10) 24 properly chilled bottles of John LaBatt's finest beers.

· First pre-load the drinking straws with the salt. Use tape over the ends so it stays put.
· Place all the above listed items into the black garbage bag.
· Pick a good time to hit the tree. Typically after dark. Even better if the owner is away.
· Pull the bungee cord around the tree at the base and hook it together.
· After taking all your equipment out of the bag carefully tuck the bag under the cord in such a way that it would catch sawdust (evidence) from the drilling.
· While in front of the tree, use your knife to cut 2 vertical slits just over a ½” apart And connect those 2 slits with another horizontal slit at the bottom, thus creating a box shape that hasn’t been cut at the top.
· These cuts should be through the bark and about 1/8” into the wood.
· Now use the chisel at the bottom horizontal cut to lift out a “FLAP” and expose enough raw wood to drill your hole.
· At approx. a 45-degree angle downward, drill a hole you know will certainly pierce the core of the tree.
· Take the tape off the end of the drinking straw and place it at the hole you just drilled and pour the salt into the hole.
· Now top it up with the Round-Up.
· If you cut the slits straight but at a slit angle your flap should neatly pop back into place covering the loaded hole.
· The larger the tree, the more holes you may need.
· Place all your equipment back into the bag, including the bungee cord.
· Calmly remove yourself from the scene of the crime with any evidence you were even there, tucked away neatly in the bag.

Now that you have completed your primary mission, it’s time to rendezvous with the 10th and final items on your previously disclosed list of materials, the beer.

Depending more specifically on the time of year you decide to nuke the nut tree, you may enjoy the results of your efforts very quickly.

A Good Defense
Hopefully you’ve never made the mistake of trying to politely discuss your dislike of the tree with this neighbor. This could mean trouble. Fear not, this doesn’t necessarily mean violence or even certain prosecution… due to your unfortunate sense of reason.

Remember, you did this in the dead of night. No way he could say for certain it was you. All you need to do is let him see you talking to yourself or laughing out loud when you’re all alone out watering the flowers a few times. To really sell it, do this while wearing only a goalie mask and a pair of Speedos and I’m pretty certain he won’t be over to trouble you with any uncomfortable topics.

For those already facing certain jail time on other violations anyway, consider killing the tree during broad daylight while wearing the Speedos and goalie mask and most certainly laughing hysterically. Just remember to work quickly.

ken    Posted 06-06-2006 at 09:05:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, i have a similiar problem but i need a differant solution. We just purchased property and built a $750,000 home on it with a beautiful view of this 25 acre lake. Just move in and one week later and the property surrounding the lake was sold to some jerk from the detroit area. This guy is building also, but he came out and planted around 30 trees right smack in front of the lake blocking our view!! where he is building, he wouldnt even see our house, he did it just to be mean. Never even met the dude!! So, anyway, i really, really, need to get even. Either i need to know how to stunt the growth of these trees are figure out something just for revenge. I would love to be able to make these pine trees grow to be only 2-3 feet tall if possible. The are only 7-10 inches tall now. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!

bob    Posted 12-26-2006 at 18:19:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
wear snowshoes , hide them when you're done pulling then up.better yet. tell him the reason his trees are turning red and needled falling off is the dreaded Pine Beetle. industrial coil cleaner (ace Hdwe) and rock salt watering mix.

cash    Posted 04-20-2002 at 21:30:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Manitoba IF the trees are on his property then he should be all to cut them down Michael if they arnt then leave them alone

John in Maryland    Posted 04-20-2002 at 11:13:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try lots of salt around them, might work. Or, this may be too easily seen, if you strip the bark all the way around at least 2-3" wide, I hear that is supposed to kill a tree.

hay    Posted 04-19-2002 at 09:59:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
i don't think it would be a wise idea to "poison" them trees. herbicide that will kill trees is very expensive and also you would probably need a applicators license to purchase it.

Jerry B    Posted 04-19-2002 at 08:44:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
a friend of mine accidently killed 5 or 6 maple tress several years ago by pouring brush killer on some black berry briars about 30 feet away from them. Took about 1 month for the results to be recognised. Tool late by that time to do anything about it. I WOULD RECOMMEND DOING THIS IN THE FALL. Looks more natural that way.

Henny    Posted 08-10-2003 at 04:52:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I am from the Netherlands and I like the idea of brush killer. Can you tell me what it is ? Is it something you clean brushes with ?

Andy in Ga    Posted 04-19-2002 at 08:11:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Boy I wished I lived along the sea and had some nice trees to sit under. Why don't you just "limb them up a little".

Manitoba    Posted 04-19-2002 at 07:41:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm glad I'm not your neighbour.........

WallSal55    Posted 04-19-2002 at 07:41:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wouldn't poison anything that could eventually
end up in the water. I firmly believe "we are
what we drink" --eventually, the poison may get
us! Try the copper suggestions, first.

screaminghollow    Posted 04-19-2002 at 06:58:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Copper nails/tacks driven into the trunks. Works over a few weeks. Kind of hard to find in some areas.
Also some "weed and feeds" for lawns will kill trees but takes a while for the chemical to seep down to the roots.
Or drill a small hole in the trunk and inject copper sulfate solution.
The leaves, though may be toxic to livestock

MAVIS UNWIN    Posted 08-23-2006 at 00:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Michael    Posted 04-20-2002 at 02:47:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like the idea of the coppers nails- Is there a method to disgiuse the nails once there in the tree? I thought maybe if I hammered them in fully the bark may grow over and hide the nails...Do you reckon that will work?

K O'Driscoll    Posted 09-04-2003 at 20:12:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've just been reading through all the "helpful" suggestions for killing trees. I don't know about the trees but I've been sitting here killing myself with laughter. What a bunch of devious people you Americans are! I love it!!! And just in case you were wondering, yes I did log on to find out how to kill a tree...similar scenario...neighbour with pesky tree that drops all its tiny leaves on my patio making an unsightly mess.... oh well, guess I won't get an Environmental award sometime in the future! he he he

karl    Posted 01-26-2007 at 02:43:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
so funny, i also loged on to find out how to kill a tree, already heard about the copper nails but these are small trees at the moment that my neigbour has planted about half a foot from my fence, but they grow to about 30 to 40 feet, stupid idiot. one used here in australia is to inject straight (not diluted) "round up" into the trunk in a few places if you dont know what round up is google it and autraliaia, its chemical name begins somethihng like gly..... cant be asses spelling the rest.

G.Bolino    Posted 07-02-2003 at 10:19:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just saw your message from April 2002 about killing trees with copper nails.

Did it ever work for you??? I have the same problem with my condo at the New Jersey shore and am very anxious to kill a few trees while leaving no evidence.

I heard one suggestion of drilling a 1/2 inch hole and "feeding" with ROUND-UP.. I may give that a try next spring but the sound of the drill may arouse suspicion.

Any suggestions from your experience ??


Chris    Posted 07-06-2004 at 07:38:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just banged a bunch of copper nails into tree blocking my watter views....does it work and if so how long does it take. I here diesel fuel is good but it is a pain in the neck to keep pouring on late at night. I am looking for a one time solution that leaves little in the way of evidence.

Sue sink    Posted 05-28-2007 at 15:52:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]

coronel tapioca    Posted 02-15-2007 at 04:40:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Diesel does not work at all in elm trees in spite of painting all around the peel for 1 m high.

sav    Posted 09-14-2003 at 20:18:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
unfortunately i tried the ROUND-UP solution which barely worked, in order for it to work it needs to be topped up several times a week, far too much effort for me!

sav from australia

Dennis    Posted 04-19-2002 at 06:33:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Who was there first you or the trees?
Your answer will design the "Secret Method" so be truthful.

Michael    Posted 04-19-2002 at 14:40:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was there first, Infact I planted most of them! I dont want to get rid of all of them...Just the low ones!

Thakyou for your suggestions, Keep the comming. You have been most helpful!


george s    Posted 04-19-2002 at 14:51:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
The copper nails would be easiest, or try girdling the trunks at ground level,sort of an industrial weed whacker accident.

Jackalmaster    Posted 08-31-2003 at 17:28:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
First assault the offending trees under the cover of darkness, preferably between midnight and four A.M. when most humans are fast asleep. Dig a spot around the trunk and expose the trunk below grade. Drill some holes with a silent cordless drill. Use an auger style drill bit for fast drilling. Pack the holes with copper sulphate crystals available at home improvement stores. (normally used to kill roots in sewer pipes) Liquid brush killer should work also. Bury the holes and all evidence. Execute pesky trees after the leaves have fallen to escape the notice of nosey tree hugger types. Now go home smile, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Relish the thought of getting even with all the abnoxious hippie tree worshiper types. "In all the world there will never be anything as lovely as a dying tree " Peace.

Coronel Tapioca    Posted 02-15-2007 at 04:27:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to the kindness of my neighborg I have two elm and one silver trees in front of my home and are no transparent. Salt around did not work; neither drilling a 20 cms deep hole and filling it with sulfuric acid.It served to burn my shoes. I understand that cupper sulphate may be better but more than one hole may be to conspicuous. Do you think that a unique deep hole could be efective?. Muchas gracias.

Got my city view back    Posted 08-27-2005 at 15:14:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have one even better. I have two tree huggers in my area so I did the following.
I put approx 10 lbs of triple 15 fertilizer on the each tree monthly. I also did deep deep deep root watering. Three years later the trees had grown(trees had grown at least five times normal) and with the seasonal winter (souther California) wind gusts ALL watered trees had blown over do to the large canopy that had grown. This is my version of fighting fire with fire.

big B soutwest Washington    Posted 04-03-2004 at 17:12:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like the copper sulphate idea . But i live in the middle of a small town so i was thinking maybe an old fashioned type hand drill would be the stealthiest way.

Joe Dirt - Montana    Posted 07-01-2004 at 21:26:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dilute the Copper Sulfate in water and then pour it as the base of the tree. Be careful to not stain the immediate area blue (Copper Sulfate is blue).

Ted (australia )    Posted 09-23-2004 at 08:14:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does the copper sulphate work on all trees?
Is it a quick death?

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