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Re: how to get rid of a tree?

Donna, when I lived in Kansas City, the house I bought had been a rental for 10 years and then it was vacant for a year. The yard was so overgrown. I had a tree that was growing between the house foundation and the dirt....like a seed had wedged down there and over the years...none of the tenants bothered to pull it up or kill it and it would eventually start damaging the foundation of the house. So, I chopped it off. It did the same thing your tree is doing. So, I went to this OLD (and I mean old) garden center down by the river in the old part of K.C. It had the old wooden floors and they sold seeds out of little drawers stacked up against the wall. Must have been a thousand little drawers full of seeds. I loved that place. Anyway..back to the tree. I talked to the owner and he showed me a product (can't remember the name of it). He said to get a power drill, go drill some holes in it and pour this stuff down the stump. It rotted the tree, roots and all. Took about 2 weeks to see anything but after a while it started oozing this foamy stuff and the tree turned kind spongy feeling, then rotted off. Ask a garden center for something like that. It works.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Subject: [CHAT] how to get rid of a tree?
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2003 16:43:26 -0500

I would like to get rid of a tree. I have been trying for 4 years, but
it is still there :( Looking for hints and suggestions of accomplishing

Year one, I tried to dig it out... dug a five ft hole, thought I got it
all... came back year two.

Year two, tried round up in the spring. Although the leaves died off and
I chopped it back to ground level in the fall.. came back year three

Year three, attempted to keep trimmed so no leaf/branch was on it for
more than a few hours, once again chopping it to ground level in the
fall thinking it was dead.... came back year four

Year four... gave up, thought if you want to live that bad, ok.... it is
already 5 ft high- Yipes!

I think it is an Ailanthus altissima, but might not be.... Since this is
the first year I let it grow, have no idea if gets a fruit or berry or
flower or fall colors or anything.... what you see in the photo's is all
I know...

Here are a few pictures:


So... am I right on the species? Maybe it is a pecan or smooth sumac? I
am not waiting another year to figure it out...it has to go---How do I
kill it? I noticed one popped up in another area about 40 ft away...
need to get this under control...now! Bad enough I have one of these...
now I have two!

Where it is raining once again :(

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