Last updated on September 6, 2021
Why killing a pine tree is a must?
1. They can block sunlight.
With pine trees sometimes it’s not the shade you want, especially if what you want is extra daylight, and space for smaller native trees to take their place, or maybe your after a simple path so you don’t get lost and can drive your quad bike.
Since pine trees are slender and tall, they can grow close to each other in respect to their size meaning they can easily block out the sky and sun for other plants and make it hard to navigate.
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2. They can cause an environmental problem for weeds to thrive and other trees to die.
Because of the lack of sunlight, moisture can get trapped in the areas under the pine trees, creating suitable places for weeds to grow.
Unfortunately, this also means that any other plants in the area will be starved of sun and nutrients and die.
3. They can grow anywhere or near your property.
These trees are like larger versions of weeds. They can spread uncontrollably fast, turning a mostly barren area with only a few pine trees into a forest in no time.
Nearby pine trees, if left uncontrolled can reach your property and bring with it its negative effects on your land.
4. Pine trees can be a fire hazard.
Aside from being made of wood, the fact that pine trees are tall and possibly cramped together in a small space means that fires can spread rapidly through them. Starting from the pine needles.
5. A pine tree can be a hazard to your house if it blows over in the wind.
It will not take much for a pine tree that is too tall and too close to your property to cause a lot of damage in the midst of strong winds or storms.
What if the pine tree is not within your property?
Unfortunately, according to most laws, it is illegal to kill or destroy trees outside of your property especially if it’s within other people’s property.
If the pine tree is indeed causing a concern, talk to your local council or the owner of the property that the tree is located in.
1. Hammering copper nails
How do copper nails kill a pine tree?
It might be hard to believe, but killing trees with copper nails has been done for quite some time now. Copper oxidizes when it comes in contact with moisture and produces copper oxide that poisons the tree from the inside.
When doing this method, it is best to use longer copper nails to increase the surface area and hasten the process.
What do you need to kill pine tree with copper nails?
- Copper nails
How to kill a pine tree with copper nails?
- Clear the area around the base of the trunk to make the work easier.
- Hammer a copper nail into the trunk at an angle pointing downwards. Make sure that the nail is driven deep enough to reach the phloem of the tree.
- Hammer another nail beside it that is at least half an inch away.
- Repeat the process until you’ve made a circle around the base.
2. Poison the pine tree with salt.
How does salt kill a pine tree?
Killing a pine tree with salt works just like copper nails. Epsom salt can be used to poison the tree from the inside. It blocks the flow of Potassium and
Magnesium within the tree is essential in creating chlorophyll. This in turn will prevent the tree from photosynthesizing and cause it to starve to death.
What do you need to poison pine tree with salt?
- Epsom salt
Poisoning a pine tree with salt
- Create a 2:1 mixture of Epsom salt and water.
- Drill holes on the trunk at least 5 inches above the base of the tree.
- Pour the salt mixture into the holes.
- Keep filling the holes as the tree absorbs the mixture and until the base becomes saturated.
3. Use herbicide.
How does a herbicide kill a pine tree?
Herbicides, like their name suggests, can effectively kill plants with minimal impact on the soil and surrounding plants unlike the other solutions stated above.
Know what herbicides to use.
What types of herbicide can kill a pine tree?
- Nitrogen fertilizer
What should you consider before pouring out herbicide on soil?
It is best to consider the amount of herbicide to use. These vary greatly with the species of tree it is used on and other environmental conditions.
The time it takes to kill the trees varies depending on the herbicide you choose with chemicals such as Metsulfuron and Imazapyr taking the fastest while nitrogen fertilizer takes the longest and needs constant moisture.
What do you need to kill pine tree with herbicide?
- Herbicide of choice
Using the herbicide to poison a pine tree
- Clear the area at the base of the pine tree.
- Using a shovel, dig up parts of the soil to expose the tree’s roots.
- Drill holes at the base of the tree that is at least three inches deep and angled downwards.
- Fill the holes with the herbicide of your choice.
- Once finished, cover the base with dirt.
4. Making homemade tree killers
Some people like you might prefer not having to use harmful chemicals for killing pine trees. Luckily, a lot of homemade solutions exist which can be found inside your pantry such as:
- Vinegar. Aside from being used in food, vinegar’s acidity also makes it a good tree killer. This is all thanks to the acetic acid in the vinegar which can burn leaves and prohibit the plants from photosynthesizing and making their own food. This starves the tree, slowly killing it.
- Mulch. You might be surprised that something used for improving plant growth can also be used to kill them. However, this mulch actually isn’t for the tree but for insects and pests. Applying large amounts on the trunk’s surface can sometimes lead to an infestation that will slowly eat through and kill the tree.
- Caustic Soda. Unlike the other solutions, caustic soda is used after the tree has been cut. Applying a caustic soda and water mixture over the exposed area of the stump will poison the tree down to its roots, preventing any future growth.
5. Tree girdling
How tree girdling works to kill a pine tree?
If the bark removed is thick enough, it will prevent nutrients absorbed by the roots from traveling up to the rest of the tree. This means that any part of the tree above the ring will be killed off.
What do you need to girdle a pine tree?
- Wood saw chain saw, or a felling Ax
How to girdle a pine tree?
- Using your chosen saw, cut a deep ring around the trunk. It should be deep enough to reach through to the sapwood.
- Cut another ring at least 8 inches above the existing one.
- Using a chisel or an ax, strip the bark between the two cuts until the sapwood is exposed. This would mean that the layers of phloem and vascular cambium have been removed.
What is the best way to kill a pine tree?
Now that we have explored various ways of how to kill a pine tree, which one would be the best? For us, we would say that girdling is the best method as it does not involve any chemicals or do any harm to the surrounding environment.
It is also quite easy to do with a bit of elbow grease and is 100% effective.
Which methods can secretly kill a pine tree?
How to kill a neighbor’s pine tree, and in secret? While girdling is very effective, it creates a big noticeable scar on the tree and people would know that it is being killed. The same is true with drilling holes and inserting mixtures or chemicals.
The best way on how to discretely kill a pine tree is by using copper nails. This method can easily be concealed with soil and can make it look like the tree naturally developed a disease.
What is your last resort to kill a pine tree?
If you do not have the needed tools and materials needed to kill a pine tree or if there are a lot of plants in the same area which makes the use of herbicides risky, you can always opt to just cut them down with a chainsaw.
Also, it is the best way on how you can kill a pine tree fast. Here are more tree-cutting tips.
How to remove a cut-down pine tree?
If you have decided to cut the tree yourself and have safely done it without any mishaps, removing the cut-down tree can be another problem in itself.
Before anything else, it is important to apply herbicide or caustic soda on the stump to ensure that nothing grows back from it.
You can remove the log from the immediate area by cutting it into smaller pieces that can easily be carried. You can always turn it into something useful like a table anyway.
It would also be helpful if you have a portable mill when you have an abundance of pine trees.
Safety tips when killing a pine tree
Remember to wear the appropriate protective equipment when drilling, stripping, or hammering the tree with copper nails.
Since partly cutting the trees can pose a safety risk, mark a girdled tree, make sure you are familiar with the tools of operation.
And if you plan to cut the tree straight down make sure to use a bright-colored fence or flagging tape to notify any passersby.
When cutting trees, make sure that there are no people or structures at risk in the immediate area, and always be aware of your surroundings.
- Did you know that pine trees have been selectively bred over many years to grow fast in a straight-up manner? Without human intervention, they would normally bush outwards.
- The perfect Christmas pine tree makes them easy to mill, but also easy to fall over. This helps make sustainable easy-to-mill building lumber, but this also means that the pine trees can be found in environments that cannot fight back against the wolf version of a tree.
- Pine trees like many plants and trees emit pheromones into the air. A pine tree gives people the feeling of power and understanding.
- Pine needles can easily make a waterproof shelter and probably played a large role in our history responsible for the comfort and familiarity we have with its smell. If not that then people just remember the holiday season.
- Pine trees and the mulch created by shredding pine needles attract and create an environment for certain fungus and mushrooms to grow.
- They seem to not care much about the weather, they can endure through tough cold conditions if they’re well established.
Despite the beauty that pine trees offer, they can also be a nuisance in the wrong place or environment, unlike other plants they only care about themselves and they create a huge personal bubble against the rest of the forest.
Pine trees can spread rapidly and bring a number of negative effects with them such as killing other plants from the shade and creating mulch that stops other plants from establishing roots in the ground.
A straight up and down one can easily fall or be a fire threat to your home. Before killing any tree, always consider if it is even worth killing because it might be more trouble than it’s worth.
On the other hand, if you feel that a pine tree poses a serious risk to your property or home, consider its safe removal. And remember for every tree you cut down, make sure you plant even more.
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