Help me kill a tree

10 years ago I planted a Pecan tree about 8 feet from the house. New home owner OK! Well the tree is 30-40 feet high now and hanging over the house. To make matters worse the shower/bathroom is the closest thing to the tree. I know roots will eventually find the drains, if it hasn't already done so.
Now my problem. My wife will not let me kill it. She gets upset when I replace the annuals. She almost wants to have a funeral and for a while I'm a killer.
How do I kill the Pecan tree so it looks like it died a natural death? I have the air conditioner guy around the corner come over in uniform with a clipboard and pretend he is a arborist. I'll get that done. Friends tell me I can nail a copper nail in the trunk and it will die. True or False. Any better ideas.
Thanks, Tango
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My dad would always say the best way is boiling water with Salt in It, takes time , but It works.

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Steveo said:

Agreed.
Perhaps, as an alternative to looking at it as, "killing", the OP could look at it as "replacing" the tree. Find a suitable alternative species for the location, and put it in as soon as the old stump is removed.
Besides, that devious shit ain't gonna work. He's gonna get caught (we /always/ effin' get caught, don't we?), and his ol' lady's gonna turn the a/c dood in for impersonating an arborist. ;)
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

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Tango wrote:

stuff to keep drains clear of roots, around the tree.
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Tango wrote:

Copper will kill the tree. As an alternative, pour copper sulfate, the stuff to keep drains clear of roots, around the tree. Or, you could do the right thing. Tell the ol lady to grow up and to shut the f*ck up and just cut it down. A Pecan tree that size would be worth a lot of money to a cabinet maker. Maybe buying the ol lady a gift from the proceeds will shut her up.
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Tango wrote:

explain to the wife how Murphy's Law will most likely ensure how the tree will fall on the house while she is in the "shower/bathroom" doing sufficient damage to the house whereby requiring the assistance of the local rescue rangers in order to safely extract her from the "shower/bathroom". they'll see her girl parts the photographer for the local newspaper will get pictures and the whole town will enjoy a good laugh at her expense. later when it is determined how the entire incident was the result of your having planted the tree to close to the house they will laugh at you too, but I'd not play this part up. I'd make it all about her humiliating 'hour' requiring the rescue from the shower due to the fallen tree.
if you pull this off correctly she'll hire a bonded and insured tree removal service and you'll just stand around trying not to grin to much.
with any negotiation, it really is all about proper presentation.

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Sounds like the problem is not the tree, its your wife. You have to do the hard decision stuff. Either way, its you fault. True for most marriages.
House (slab?) foundation in proximity of the tree may be at risk in the future if left alone.
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Tango wrote:

BURY THE ROOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from what I've read it will kill the tree every time!!!!!!
Clark...
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