there's a willow tree that is planted wayyy to close to the plumbing of this house. i thought that maybe the people that put the fence up killed it but NOOOO!!!! has beautiful new growth that appears to be happier than anything else in the yard.
how do i kill it for good? i have a baby moose so i'd prefer to stay away from anything toxic.
That is a great natural tip, Steff! I also garden organically, so filing that one away.
Mooselover- Hope you get that taken care of as Willows destroy plumbing and water lines, as you know. Always wonder why they are planted so close to homes... If there is a place on your property, far from your home? You can take a twig off the Willow, stick it in in water, and when it roots, plant far from your home. It also works to plant the stick, but better to do during cool weather. Google propagating with willow water, and you might want a tree around. I recently bought a Golden Willow, planted it 1/2 an acre away from our home. I'll be planting some Curly Willows in the next few days (also far from our home).
I like the salt idea, but I'd ring the tree with an axe to cut the fluid flow under the bark. It has worked well even on tallow trees! (And I rid a yard of an old yellow poplar that way too. Killed every sprout.
frankva, if the tree is in your power lines call the electric company and ask if they will cut it for you. Here it is illegal for the homeowner or anyone except an electric company contractor to remove or even prune a tree that is in or close to the power lines. We had 2 removed for free last summer.