Thanks for the replies. Still not sure how I'll do it but I know I'll need to.
Grey wrote:I must ask, why do you hate it so? Just because it shades the garden?
I hate the thought of killing a tree in this manner. It seems to me to be unethical.
I'm not destructive, quite the opposite but with a lovely south facing garden like this at this latitude, I'll never get the eden I want my daughter to have. I have about 15 feet of garden that isn't affected by shade, and that's directly in front of the house. I love nature but as far as gardening is concerned, I'm only interested in temporate fruit examples, especially rare ones which I'm going to some lengths to aquire. Also eager to create hardy varieties. This is my lab. I'll get a few acres when it's kitted out.
It's a very green area here. The tree is a loss, even to me but think how chuffed the birds are going to be, eh?
opabinia51 wrote:I"m going to advise you not to place any poisons in the tree. Poisons that people traditionally use for this way of killing a tree are very long lasting in the environment and have adverse affects on surrounding vegetation as well.
Is it is some way against the law to cut the tree down? Perhaps you should try lobbying your local government. Get a petition going if you have neighbours who also don't like the tree and perhaps your council will allow you to cut the tree down.
That's one reason I'm asking here. I don't want the environment to be affected at all, not least surrounding vegetaition so thanks for the advice. If it takes poison though, it'll have to be poison.
I'd need council permission to remove it. That doesn't stop people here, they generally do it at will except on boundries where other landowners could object. Not really sure how I'd approach removal.
The Helpful Gardener wrote:
A certain tribe in Papua New Guinea mantains if you go out and shout at the top of your lungs at any particular tree every day for two weeks or so, the tree will die. I have not tried this and, refusing to conject on the veracity of said method, will simply say that if you are not hesitant to appear absolutely barking mad, you might try it. Tell the shocked on-lookers you are doing research for a gardening website. We'll cover for you...
If your serious about the tribe, I'd be happy with that ethically and from a research point of view. I'm slightly worried about how 'covert' it would be though.
Also , if it didn't work I couldn't stand the thought of the tree smirking at me when I turn my back.
Great bit of culture info there, cheers.
Ive heard that in England you have to get permission from the government to cut down any tree, not sure if theres any truth in that but as for me heating my home and saving loads of money on elec. bills i wouldnt be happy over there.
cut down the tree, grind down the stump, soil and sod over spot, inlaws? what tree? there was never no stinking tree there. lol.
Does seem kinda unethical to poisin it, kinda like torture. with a chain saw its a quick way to die.
I got it!! maybe dry ice packed all the way around the trunk to frezze it to death if you got a few days your inlaws will not be around. Dry ice will burn your hands its so cold, and its available at wal mart, cheap. and will leave no sign once it evaporates! Genius!
You might want to elevate it up aways on the trunk as it would kill grass too if directly on the ground, just build a temporary platform with lawn chairs and boards.
I'm starting to think that poisoning it would be a noble send of if I conduct the appropriate bizarre cerimonies. In honesty, if I did poison it, I'd be patting and stroking it quite often before it died. We'll say nothing about reassuring words
I definitely wouldn't be cackling hysterically at it from my window. Nope
The Helpful Gardener wrote:I can't help but shudder a bit at this thread; the tree hugger in me is not happy with the theme here...
I do need advice on this. Imagine youself in the situation.
Would you sacrifice Gardening for a tree?