Lets just say I have a tree growing where I do not want it
to grow. And it is such a location that I cannot get to it
to dig it up. I have cut the tree down to shoulder height,
and it can stay there as long as it don't grow anymore.
It is approximately 5 inches across right now. What can
I do to kill it? should I drill holes in the top and pour
shrub/tree killer in the holes? How often? Do they make some sort of
object to drive into the stump that I
can pour a lot of chemical in, so it feeds it and kills it on
a continual basis? Any "intelligent" responses will be
appreciated. thank you
I had a rotten neighbor like him. The guy killed a 50 foot tree (not
saying here how it was done). Then the slightest wind came along and the
tree's roots were dead so the tree fell over into my other neighbor's yard.
It could have killed somebody. Luckily it fell into an empty area, and
away from the power lines. Then I had to pay lots of money for a tree
service to take it away. I was on disability at the time and had a bad time
coming up with the money. I wish the tree fell on the asshole who killed
well twiddle dee and dwidle dumb, the tree is on my
property, and does not involve a neighbor. It is just in
an area where it will take a lot of work , I don't want to
do, to dig it up......of course, I did ask for intelligent
answers, but I see you could not resist responding anyway
Not sure from your post. Can you cut it to ground level?
If yes simply cut it down and apply a liberal portion of brush killer
directly from the bottle to the stump. Apply immediately after cutting for
best results. Mix 50/50 brush killer and diesel fuel for faster surer
Can't cut it down for some reason? Strip the bark all the way around base
and apply the brush killer to that area.
I would not girdle it with wire as someone will ruin a chain saw blade in
the future cutting it down. And to be honest that does not always work with
the vigorous growers.
A friend had done this in his yard. He uses the "stumps" as bases for bird
Some trees will die off just because you ve cut off the top..others like
Willows will re-sprout.
If its that type, I'd drill the holes as you've said and pour the
Equivalent of 41% RoundUp into the holes..You can get it for less than half
of the Brand Name price at WalMart under the name "Eliminator" in quarts for
about $ 15.00
maybe if you covered the 5' stump with a contractor trash bag or tarp
to put it in the dark? if this works it's probably the least expense
and harm to your yard. i would ask a local landscaping nursery for
the best advice in your zipcode's climate, and it could help to
identify the species to them, perhaps take a leaf for identification.
it appears upon researching this, that some species of trees can be a
nuisance to other plants when used on one continent but a welcome
for example see:
I once had a problem with 3 needle palms planted in a narrow area behind
a garage. They had gotten out of hand and were growing up into the
utility lines above.
I cut them down low as I could several times, but they kept rapidly
sprouting back. I piled rock salt on top of the three, but amazingly it
had no effect...
Next I 'roughed' up the top of each stump and poured about a quart of
automatic transmission fluid over each... it rapidly stopped them cold
in their tracks.
As always, your mileage may vary.
Totem Pole for midgets.
Asphalt the surrounding area and make a basketball court for toddlers.
Build a tee-pee around it.
Every time I think of tee-pee, I recall a contest where "Timbuktu" was to be
used in a poem:
Me and Tim a hikin' went,
Met three girls with a pop-up tent,
Since they was three and we was two
I bucked one and Timbuktu.
I had a state forester come out to our cabin and he showed us how select
trees for removal and those as 'crop trees' - keepers. He came across an
invasive called a Tree of Heaven and told us that it had to go if we were
smart. It must have been 50' tall. He said that girdling was not the issue
nor was cutting. The tree would reflexively send up shoots from every root
and force seed pod production. He stated that we needed to use a hatchet
and make NON-intersecting, horizontal slashes. Pour in a brush killer at
full strength, re-applying weekly (sounds a lot like Colbyt's response!).
Ours was a bit of a drive and we couldn't make multiple apps but the tree
looked pretty sick in the spring but it was leafing out much better by late
spring so we did it again. We will leave the dead snag as habitat for
Oh yea, had an elderly neighbor who drove 5 copper spikes into a massive
sycamore and it didn't even burp.
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