Asked on Mar 24, 2015

I need to kill trees that grow between the fences

by Mary
What could I use to kill these trees that will not be harmful to pets?
  9 answers
  • Lynn Berry Lynn Berry on Mar 24, 2015
    That's an excellent question that I've been wanting to know also as I have poison oak, ivy & sumac growing between mine as well. Please share your ans. when you receive one. Thank you!!!
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    • Kathy Kathy on Mar 25, 2015
      @Lynn Berry I remember it took a while to kill it. It wasn't the "instant" death we all hope for. My husband, who claimed to have never been allergic to any of it, pulled some out. Later that night he was itchy and had hives everywhere. I hope you find a killer that works for you.
  • Phillip Williams Phillip Williams on Mar 24, 2015
    Glyphosate (Roundup) works pretty well. I used a 1 inch spade bit and a drill to place several holes in the trunk and then put the glyphosate into the holes. Repeat several times as needed depending on the size of the tree. You can also "circumcise" the trunk with a saw. Remove a 1 inch wide band of bark around the entire trunk and it will die very quickly. The poison ivy, etc. also yields to glyphosate, but be sure to get a version that includes a detergent to penetrate the oil on the leaves.
  • 1240839 1240839 on Mar 24, 2015
    Circumcise, funny! Girdling the tree without poison will probably result in suckers below the girdling cut. I usually paint the wounds and that worked on a catclaw tree, which are very tenacious.
  • Shiny_bubbles Shiny_bubbles on Mar 24, 2015
    Copper nails
  • Dig303894 Dig303894 on Mar 24, 2015
    cut down trees then drill lots of holes in the trunk and fill with Epsom salts, add water, might require multiple applications, you can google online instructions
  • Judy Judy on Mar 24, 2015
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  • Judy Judy on Mar 24, 2015
    About a million years ago, we lived next door to an old man with a prized plum tree. It hung over our fence and dropped its gooey fruit on our driveway. Additionally there were some ugly day lilies growing along the fence line. So what did we first time home buyers do - YEP - we used Ortho Triox on the ugly lilies. Needless to say, we not only killed the lilies but also the very prized plum tree. We were almost run out of the neighborhood. All to the point - use ORTHO TRIOX - It kills everything. Search Magnify Print Ortho Triox Ground Clear Vegetation Killer, 32 oz ITEM 274449 | MODEL #0430210 by Scotts Lawn CareQTY PRICE AVAILABILITY $8.49 / each
  • Mary Mary on Mar 24, 2015
    Thanks everyone for the help
  • D & K D & K on Mar 26, 2015
    One simple trick that I've used...drill a small hole, 1/4 to 1/2 inch, at a downward angle into the trunk as deep as I can go and pour ammonia straight from the bottle into the hole. Do this for a couple of days and no more tree.