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Killing trees (discretely)
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KNIGHT    Posted 08-19-2003 at 08:16:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Europe we have every kind of tree hugging association and local authority restrictions you can think of. The opposition to cutting down trees ranges from reasonable ecological thru sheer stubborn sit-ins (chained to the tree in question) by people living in condominiums to dull and uncompromising reading of regulations.

I have a property with a wide variety of trees but two of them are very inconvenient for accessing the site and interupt a view. I need to get rid of them discretely as local regulations will only allow me to chop them down if they are dead.

What can I inject into these trees to end their unfortunate existance and justify my cutting down a dead tree?

I assure you the other trees on my land will continue to receive care and respect for the duration of at least my life-span.

I understand (but don't believe) that drilling a hole in the trunk and injecting gorgonzola cheese might be an indectable (and at the very least ecological) technique. In this vein, has anyone got a tried and tested method?

glen    Posted 08-19-2003 at 19:24:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pour a strong solution of salt water around the tree. After I cut down a boxalder tree I set a salt block on the stump. Stops the thing from growing new sprouts. The deer and other critters sure like the salt also.

glen    Posted 08-19-2003 at 19:21:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pour a strong solution of salt water around the tree. After I cut down a boxalder tree I set a salt block on the stump. Stops the thing from growing new sprouts. The deer and other critters sure like the salt also.

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-19-2003 at 16:17:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put ya a tall lightning rod in that tree, ya'll DO have lightning there don't ya? Let nature do it's work, tree will die soon after being struck. And YES RET there are trees in TEXAS. Hadda use something to hang all those bad folks on.

~Lenore    Posted 08-19-2003 at 14:38:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
How awful, not being able to cut down a tree on your own property!!
I surely hope we dont allow the tree huggers to get that kind of control here.
If we dont watch out who we elect;
we may need to save these solutions for the future.
I know it will never be a Texas law,
but federal....who knows?

ret    Posted 08-19-2003 at 15:02:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
they got trees in Tx?

skinwhittler    Posted 08-19-2003 at 12:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i swearr. if yu got a brace an a 1/2 inch bit then bore 2 holes deep. fill it with copper sulfate. witin 3 months it will be a goner. to pack them holes use a 3/8 doll rod. dont be skimppie on that copper neether. ya'll aint got rights there huh?

I had a similar idea    Posted 08-19-2003 at 16:30:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would try drilling a few holes several inches deep and angling down into the trunk. Then I would add Roundup concentrate to some of the holes and 2-4D concentrate to some others. I bet it would kill the trees over a season. Kinda sneaky, but when regulations are ridiculous, maybe you need to be sneaky to get anything done.

STEVEN H    Posted 08-19-2003 at 12:26:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
bleach will kill that tree dead!, to bad abought the grass around there but it is relpaceable.other wise cut a full ring around the bark that will also kill it dead. i would say though, just cut the darn things down and tell the locals where they can shove it.

STEVEN H    Posted 08-19-2003 at 12:28:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
note, sotimes you just have to crush some toes from time to time.

Les...fortunate    Posted 08-19-2003 at 12:03:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Makes me awful glad my ancestors left Europe (well, England) some 375 years ago when you can't even dispose of your own trees as you wish.
Girdle it and let it die. Use a chain saw discreetly if you can. Less conspicuous than an ax. Never mind the chemicals.

Randy    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:24:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you girdle the trees that should do it. Will take a while. Can girdle them close to the ground and hide the cut with mulch, leaves etc. Also like a few others have said, I've heard the copper nail thing.

xxi23456    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:09:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If what your doing is less than legal to begin with, why not just hire a local thug to knock off the trees at night?

Call it random acts of foilage violence, or a chlorophyll hate crime.

Other thoughts: you could "legally" groom the trees in question... just be sure to over do it and they will croak.

or, sneak out there at night with a handsaw and cut them halfway through. They will die shortly after. Be sure to complain to your neighbors about how upset you are at losing your prized trees.

My 2.


Red Dave    Posted 08-19-2003 at 08:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Old-timers used to say that a copper nail driven into a tree would kill it. I never tried it, so I don't know for sure.
There was an article in the local paper a year or so ago about an effort to wipe out some non-native trees that were taking over an area. They were drilling a hole in the tree and injecting straight, undiluted Roundup. Again, I haven't tried that myself either.

try this    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:02:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
IF you can get some VELPAR herbicide, it will kill almost any tree. the trouble is getting the velpar. however all you need to do is mix it in a sprayer and and apply at the root zone and it will do it's job.

ret    Posted 08-19-2003 at 09:01:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I also had a neighbor that said to drive copper nails around the base of it. Never tried it though

TB    Posted 08-19-2003 at 15:41:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Copper nails do work. Just one or two driven in whare it wont be notaced, within a year or two it will slowley die. If anyone says anything just say must be some sort of blight better get rid of them before it spreads to the other trees. And no one will argue with you.

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