Killing a tree without killing grass?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mecula, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. mecula

    mecula LawnSite Member
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    Hi all,
    This is probably a stupid question, but is there a way to kill a tree without killing the grass around it? The method I will be employing will be the super soaker behind the fence method. I can't drive a spike into the tree, notch the tree or even touch the tree. Obviously, I can't cut the tree down either...haha.
    I have heard that the Spike chemical from DOW works really good but I assume it kills grass as well?

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm guessing you are trying to kill a neighbor's tree that you don't like? Did I hit the nail on the head?
  3. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't come on here and ask professional people how to screw your neighbor.

    Figure it out for yourself or........ now this is going to seem crazy...... keep your property clean and don't worry about your neighbors tree.

    Or even crazier, talk to them and offer to pay to have a professional tree company come and properly prune or even remove the tree.

    It is just plain stupid to ask a question like this to licensed applicators that pride themselves on IPM and other friendly practices not in total destruction of a neighbors property.
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    What you are asking for is how to commit chemical trespass. A criminal offense. This is a violation of all kinds of laws.
  5. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    you're right. it is a "stupid question"
  6. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Buy the lot where the offending tree is located. Cut it down with a chainsaw (no chemicals). Sell the lot.

    Problem solved without breaking the law.
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    My thoughts have been what a stupid mistake to poison a tree that the neighbor might not have the money in this economy to have removed, The dead tree now becomes an even greater Liability of falling branches or even falling over.

    Too many times have I seen that beautiful tree cut straight up from the property line. Any thing over the line has been clean cut in a very chopped manner. Of course this makes both properties undesirable and shows the world what a hard to get along with fool the tree chopper is.

    BTW I enjoy the shade my trees offer me. This time of until April I will be drinking Fresh Squeezed OJ right off my trees.
  9. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm with you Ric. This poster won't spend one dime now that copper pennies have failed.

    I've been a CT certified Arborist since 1988. I love trees too. I also know how to quietly kill trees with herbicides. But I can also ID the effects. It isn't all that difficult to autopsy these deaths.
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I let my ISA Cert laps but I agree Herbicide and fungal death may be similar but are different enough to tell apart.

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