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What's the best way to kill a tree without cutting it down?


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#1 Fastone

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:25 AM

We have a very large tree in our front yard that is starting to cause damage to our foundations. I have spoken to the local council and there seems nothing we can do about it. I want kill the tree without making it seem obvious, any suggestions?



#2 Uncle_Leo

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:39 AM

Get hold of a cordless power drill and fit the biggest bit into you can find.

Go out to the tree and remove a piece of bark, say at least the size of a matchbox from the base of the trunk. Drill a deep hole into the tree towards the base and then fill with a mixture of diesel and roundup. Replace the piece of bark you removed and superglue into place covering the hole.

Repeat 6 or 7 times then go and celebrate with a cold beer. The treee will be dead in less than 6 months time.

Cheers, Jack.



#3 Fastone

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:52 AM

QUOTE: Jack @ Mar 1 2007, 08:39 PM

Repeat 6 or 7 times then go and celebrate with a cold beer.

Jack,

Is that 6 or 7 new holes, or reapplying the mixture 6 or 7 times in the same hole?

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#4 Fyirippu

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:55 AM

QUOTE: Fastone @ Mar 1 2007, 08:25 PM

We have a very large tree in our front yard that is starting to cause damage to our foundations. I have spoken to the local council and there seems nothing we can do about it. I want kill the tree without making it seem obvious, any suggestions?

It may be a little obvious now that you have pointed it out to the council.

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#5 Uncle_Leo

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:56 AM

QUOTE: Fastone @ Mar 1 2007, 08:52 PM

Jack,

Is that 6 or 7 new holes, or reapplying the mixture 6 or 7 times in the same hole?

Regards

New holes mate, although if you are keen you can top up the mixture a few times before glueing the bark on

What sort of tree is it?



#6 Ben

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:01 AM

The council won't know its gone, and they can't make you put it back. Blow the sucker up.



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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:03 AM

QUOTE: Fyirippu @ Mar 1 2007, 08:55 PM

It may be a little obvious now that you have pointed it out to the council.

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#8 Fastone

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:05 AM

QUOTE: Ben @ Mar 1 2007, 09:01 PM

The council won't know its gone, and they can't make you put it back. Blow the sucker up.

If only it was that easy!!

It's the neighbours putting me in that's the problem.



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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:25 AM

QUOTE: Fastone @ Mar 1 2007, 09:05 PM

If only it was that easy!!

It's the neighbours putting me in that's the problem.

Problem solved then.

Ring the council pretending to be the arsehole neighbour and complain about the tree blocking the view, shading the house/garden or something like that.

Then poison the tree.

When it dies, ring the council and dob in the neighbour for killing your tree.

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#10 Fishman Dan

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:27 AM

If it's a native tree, use super-phosphate on the grass surrounding it repeatedly.

You bastard.



#11 Mark Westaway

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 08:53 AM

Ask whoever poisoned the Tree of Knowledge, they've done an amazing job taking that sucker out.



#12 wormie

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:35 PM

As Jack said, get a big sucker speed bore, drill a big hole and fill it with undiluted roundup. Just be careful to cover the hole up. As soon as it starts to die, take some photos and get it out of there before the neighbours have a chance to complain. Make sure you get rid of the tree because some councils will test to see if it's been poisoned.

You've probably checked but if it's close to your house or another approved structure (including a pool) then you might be able to remove it without approval. I had to stretch the tape measure to get rid of one tree in my give up but it was gone and the stump ground out within a matter of hours and it's pretty hard to measure 3 metres compared to 4 metres in a photo.



#13 judgesmails

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:39 PM

Copper nails do the trick don't they?



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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:43 PM

QUOTE: judgesmails @ Mar 2 2007, 09:39 AM

Copper nails do the trick don't they?

They do but they take too long.



#15 elizabeth

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 08:01 PM

Can someone living on Beach road in Brighton please give Fastone some advice. You guys are the real experts.






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