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How can we kill tree roots??

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Doing some gardening and wondered if there was anything you can put onto the roots of trees to kill them off completely....or do you have to dig them up?
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  • paddy's_mum
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    Cynic that I am, my first question would be - who do the trees and the roots belong to?
  • Lord_Gardener
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    How big are the trees?
    I'm mad!!!! :rotfl::jand celebrating everyday every year!!!
  • ems2
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    Sorry to Hijack the thread but i need help with this too and my answers are:
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    & tree is knee height & a sycamore but roots are creeping under the house (not sure how far under already..)
  • marleyboy
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    After felling two dead trees in my garden, im still stuck with the deep roots, ive dug and chopped up as much as i can, but not completely removed them. someone once told me to saturate them with used engine oil, but for some strange reason I didnt think that would be healthy for the garden as a whole.
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  • alanobrien
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    Doing some gardening and wondered if there was anything you can put onto the roots of trees to kill them off completely....or do you have to dig them up?

    This stuff works a treat.
    I had 17 leyllandii trees to "remove". I cut the trunks off 6" below ground level, drilled the stumps and filled the drill holes and covered the top of the stump with this stuff.
    Beats pulling the roots out and its bio degradable to ;)

    http://www.growingsuccess.org.uk/detail.asp?ID=Deep+Root%AE+Tree+Stump+and+Weed+Killer&cat=Deep_Root
  • betterbargains4u
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    alanobrien wrote: »
    This stuff works a treat.
    I had 17 leyllandii trees to "remove". I cut the trunks off 6" below ground level, drilled the stumps and filled the drill holes and covered the top of the stump with this stuff.
    Beats pulling the roots out and its bio degradable to ;)

    http://www.growingsuccess.org.uk/detail.asp?ID=Deep+Root%AE+Tree+Stump+and+Weed+Killer&cat=Deep_Root

    Many thanks for this. Just what we need.

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  • elantan
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    i looked at that site as i have the same problems but couldnt find a way to price it ? no doubt i am doing it wrong but can anyone help me find out the price how i purchase etc thanks
  • marleyboy
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    It doesnt actually rot or remove the root according to the site, Frustratingly, im half tempted to use dynamite :)
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    elantan wrote: »
    i looked at that site as i have the same problems but couldnt find a way to price it ? no doubt i am doing it wrong but can anyone help me find out the price how i purchase etc thanks

    You can get it in B&Q cost depends on packet size but the last lot i got cost about £5. I used some on a single leyllandii stump about 3 years ago and that has now rotted away into the ground.....nice mulch....
  • Wow I need that to kill all the brambles off on my allotment!
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