Everyone likes a tree. Trees provide shade, create air on summer days, provide shelter for birds and squirrels, and add nothing but joy to our neighborhoods and homes.
That is, of course, until the charming old swamp starts to grow oak roots that are endangering your home’s water system. The big shady tree that is dropping sap and twigs with wobbly branches on your brand new automobile, and termites are eating this beautiful oak tree. What to do?
Different cities and villages have different laws for removing dead or dying trees. For example, the city I live in will remove a tree that is dead, obstruct traffic, or pick up sidewalks due to growing roots.
After the tree is removed, however, the burden of repairing the sidewalk falls on the homeowner. It can cause quarrels between neighbors, none of whom will claim ownership of the tree.
In addition, all parties involved (in cases where the tree is actually spread over two or more properties) must agree, otherwise there is a year-long wait, during which no one will tripping on the sidewalk in front of your property. Can’t sue you for Everything is considered, of course, it is easier to kill the tree and deal with the removal and repair after the fact.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways to eliminate it.
One method recommended for large trees involves the use of a drill. Drill a dozen or more inch or larger holes around the base of the tree at a 45-degree angle. Insert immovable roundups (a plant remover that works great!) Into each hole. For small trees, cut a ring around the trunk, half an inch to an inch deep, spray round up in the groove. The tree should die within a week.
Another way is to fasten the tree. This involves removing the bark, about a foot from it, around the middle of the trunk. This method is known to work on oak, poplar, and pine, especially if the tree is used for wood, as the tree can be easily removed and dried if it dies after being taken down.
Mixed reports are attached to the copper nails planted in the trees. There are some, like my landscaper, who swear by this method and others who say that the only way it works is to let the fungus get into the tree. In any case, as long as the end result is the same, I would say it’s worth a try. All accounts of this method suggest using large copper nails, and as many of them as possible.
Still, another method is the salt method. This is especially good for stump removal. Note: If you are concerned about dust around the stump, this method is not recommended. Simple drill holes either in the base of the tree or in the roots, if exposed. Fill the holes with kosher salt (coarse type), cover the stump or tree base with aluminum foil, and give it a week or two. Favorable results have been reported using this method.
The methods suggested here are for trees that are either unhealthy, growing, or dangerous. There is no substitute for responsible gardening. Be aware of plants in your garden, especially oak, which can easily take root in almost any type of soil. Grass your garden regularly, and hopefully, these methods will never be an option for you.