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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.

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#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?

Regards



#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.



#7 Fastone

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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.



#9 Fyirippu

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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?



#14 Uncle_Leo

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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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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:09 AM

Hi matey - all you have to do is have a solicitor send the council a registered letter informing the council that from this point onwards they are now responsible for any and all damage caused by the tree to your house given you have informed them of the problem and they have refused to allow you to fix it. They may need a report from a building inspector and if it is as you say you will be allowed to cut it down. I had a close friend who was worried about a large tree falling on his house. The tee was on council land and situated upwind of his house. They said no - he sent a letter - they quickly came and cut it down.

#17 deepdivot

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:22 AM

Loving the posts, yep drill big arse holes in it and u can buy a tree killer at bunnings.

#18 Shanks4ever

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 05:08 AM

Diesel does it, ironically that is what the council uses when they sanction their own destruction. .

#19 Node

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 05:12 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?

This really does not tell me much.... Did the council say that you could not remove the tree it seems like everyone in presumimg that is what they said! OR the way I read it the council said that there is nothing you could do to stop it causing trouble to your foundations. Depending on howfar away from the house it is and how big the tree is that may or may not be the case. Either way I'm glad to see we have such a great bunch of enviromentally concerned members here who think a tree is worth nothing! You would be the kinds that take out trees just or the view. Lastly, again depending on the size of the tree (Very Large could be anything to different people) killing it could cause more problems than it's worth with possible damage to people and property and additional costs to remove it. Why not call an arborist in to give you some advise on it.

#20 Wodda

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 05:20 AM

I had a similar problem many years ago with a HUGE gum tree outside our house. Asked council on several occasions to remove the tree but they claimed it was suggested as the most suitable tree for that location......what do these guys snort!?!?!?! Anyway, I wrote a very polite letter stating that if the tree (or part of the tree) came through our roof and injured or killed any of my family, I'd be sueing their arses for everything I could get out of them!!! Tree was gone within the week!!! TRUE STORY!!! (Miss the shade in summer though)




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