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Question DetailsAsked on 7/22/2016

where can i buy copper stakes or copper staples to drive into a tree to kill it

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Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, some hardware stores and lumber yards, roofing supply places for nails - used primarily to put up copper decorative ceiling tiles, and copper flashing/roofing.


But while a bunch of them hammered in around a tree perimeter MIGHT in some cases kill a weak or small tree, not at all a sure way to do it - more of an urban legend than cureall. Cheaper and works just as well - use saw and screwdriver or a hatchet and strip the bark and underlying soft tissue down into the mature wood in about a 6-12" high ring around the tree - will kill the tree but the roots will still try to put up volunteers to regrow the tree.


To kill entire tree (though tips of roots may still put up volunteer shoots) - drill vertical holes in the roots (not all the way through) about 1/4" dia (for the kill-all Roundup liquid) or 1/2" diameter minimum (for copper sulfate powder) and kill it chemically - be sure to plug holes at top with caulk or wood plug or cover with several inches dirt if small children/pets in area.


One thing I can't figure here - people want to kill the tree off - why not just cut it down and, if desired, grind the stump and large near-surface roots initially - you will have to do that eventually anyway,, so why not do it up-front.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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