I need to get rid of a silver maple without using a chainsaw because, quite frankly, I'm a klutz and shouldn't be allowed around one. I've managed to get a fair amount of the tree cut down and it's already sick --- but it's been sick for a couple of years and I'd like to speed the process up. In other words, just get it killed while I'm cutting on it to get it down. For those who might protest, the tree needs to go not just because it's a weed tree, but because it's too close to my place and this is NOT a good climate for them --- winds are too high, too much rain, etc. And it's a potential interference with the growth of some desirable trees and plants. I've heard driving a stake at the foot of the tree will do the trick. ? Is that right? Any other suggestions??