I have a Maple tree that I want to take down due to tree roots getting into
a septic system. Unfortunately I won't have the time to do this until after
Winter due to life and jobs. A friend had told me that he heard if you put
copper nails in the tree it'll die.
First I was wondering if anyone knew if this was true? Also where does one
get copper nails? I've never even heard of them before.
Copper _sulfate_ is the predominant type of root killer for sewer and
septic systems, but even it is normally not taken up in sufficient
quantities to actually kill the whole tree, only the roots in the
Copper nails are used for copper roofing and other places where sheet
copper may be used. But, not useful for the purpose stated.
Get one of the tree root treatment products instead...
OP's talking about a tree that isn't even dead yet...yet the respondent
is claiming if he were to girdle it and cut it next year instead that
would be far more dangerous somehow...don't see that yet.
An old crag of 50-yr, maybe if one tried climbing it, but something like
that is simply stupidity...
I still don't see the concern.
"None is so blind as he who will not see."
Granted, the OP tree will be sound for a while, but decayed trees don't
hold climbing spikes well. Limbs that seem sound can break off, inches
further out from where they are tied off, or being cut. Essentially, the
behavior of dead trees is far less predictable than live trees.
Therefore, bringing a decayed tree down involves greater risks.
I chuckled, when you described something as "simply stupidity." I
thought, "Now there's something he knows about!"
"Only two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and I'm
not sure about the former." --Albert Einstein
kill the tree, if it is otherwise healthy? It would likely be cheaper
and/or less work to replace that section of sewer line with someting the
tree can't get into. And a big healthy tree is worth 5 grand easy when it
comes time to sell the house, not to mention how nice shade is in summer.
Unless a tree is falling apart or endangering the house, I would price out
all the alternatives before I had it removed, especially if it was so big or
so close to other trees that professional help would be needed.
theres a cheap easy solution i have been using for over 10 years.
just mix rocksalt with hot water like a 25 pound bag every 4 months,
do twice in spring befor trees leaf out thats when max root growth
kills the roots doesnt harm tree, really cheap too. do before leaving
house so rock salt water remains in line as long as possible.
or you can go high tech where the line is snaked and cleaned then a
interior sock is placed and inflated with very hot water, it hardens
the plastic sock no more roots can get into the line. but its costly.
incidently its not just trees that get into lines, even bushes can. I
had some fitzer bushes the plumber claimed were in my line. didnt
believe him till fixing a wall showed the roots went straight down to
i installed a basement toilet and found under my floor roots
everywhere, i had to use a saw and lopers to install the drain for the
its hard to believe.
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