DIY Forum

 

Ultimate Handyman Ultimate Handyman Ultimate Handyman Ultimate HandymanUltimate Handyman on Pinterest

 

DIY Forum/Home improvement advice forum

 

 

A-Z CONTENTS | DISCLAIMER | DIY VIDEO | HOME | SAFETY FIRST | FORUM RULES

It is currently Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:16 pm
Visit Hilti


Time zone: Europe/London [ DST ]




 

 


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:16 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:20 pm
Posts: 739
Has thanked: 112 times
Been thanked: 95 times
I have just cut down a small (9ft) holly tree in my garden as it is sitting directly next to a manhole and above my clay drain pipe.
All thats left is a 2ft stump, and I want to stop it sprouting again, and ideally get rid of whats left.
I don't want to try to dig it out for fear of damaging the pipes so what would you suggest is a good approach - I've read that drilling a load of holes will help kill it, as will glyphosate. However, is there anything that I can use to try to speed up the rotting process, ideally at the same time as killing it off ?

Thanks for any suggestions !


Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on DeliciousShare on Google+
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:27 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:27 pm
Posts: 370
Has thanked: 41 times
Been thanked: 82 times
Cut it down as low to the ground as you can get, then light a bonfire on top of it?????

There's a video on youtube of this, it takes a few days but it is quicker than waiting for it to rot - & it shouldn't harm clay pipes (wouldn't recommend on top of plastic ones though). Once smouldering it will keep going as long as banked up.



For this message the author arco_iris has received gratitude : stevewestern
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:44 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:20 pm
Posts: 739
Has thanked: 112 times
Been thanked: 95 times
arco_iris wrote:
Cut it down as low to the ground as you can get, then light a bonfire on top of it?????

There's a video on youtube of this, it takes a few days but it is quicker than waiting for it to rot - & it shouldn't harm clay pipes (wouldn't recommend on top of plastic ones though). Once smouldering it will keep going as long as banked up.


Thanks for the suggestion, I'd not thought about a fire.
I'd need to try to find a way to contain it as the neighbour has a wooden fence within 2ft, and also, the stump seems to be oozing liquid - water I think, so may need to wait for that to stop (we have had it pretty wet here, and I just hope its not the roots sucking it up from the drain...


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:30 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:27 pm
Posts: 370
Has thanked: 41 times
Been thanked: 82 times
stevewestern wrote:
I'd need to try to find a way to contain it as the neighbour has a wooden fence within 2ft


Depending on what is available to you, some saturated sacking or other material, a couple of plasterboard offcuuts, a pile of old bricks, in front of the fence 2' away ought to protect it - we are not talking Guy Fawkes, you can start the fire small and build it up. Barbecue charcoal???

Then bank it up to keep the heat in.

Proviso - it's an idea, I haven't tried it!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:40 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:20 pm
Posts: 739
Has thanked: 112 times
Been thanked: 95 times
arco_iris wrote:
stevewestern wrote:
I'd need to try to find a way to contain it as the neighbour has a wooden fence within 2ft


Depending on what is available to you, some saturated sacking or other material, a couple of plasterboard offcuuts, a pile of old bricks, in front of the fence 2' away ought to protect it - we are not talking Guy Fawkes, you can start the fire small and build it up. Barbecue charcoal???

Then bank it up to keep the heat in.

Proviso - it's an idea, I haven't tried it!

Again, thanks !
I'd imagined a hotter fire, but BBQ charcoal and plasterboard are not so hard to get, so will look into it over the next few days...!
I may try to get hold of an old dustbin and cut off the base to form a casing for it, which will also help keep it going.
Might need some marshmallows though.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:51 pm 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:58 pm
Posts: 3174
Has thanked: 822 times
Been thanked: 359 times
Ammonium sulphamte is your best bet. Drill a few holes, dilute the mixture with water and pour in every few hours until used.

Ammonium sulphamte can be bought from ebay and is basically nuclear strength.

Some people use diesel but nothing else will grow afterwards. Ground with ammonium sulphamate will be fertile again after a year or so.

I've used it several times.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:54 pm 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:58 pm
Posts: 3174
Has thanked: 822 times
Been thanked: 359 times
http://www.ultimatehandyman.co.uk/forum1/stumps-t83018.html


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:12 pm 
Offline
Senior Member
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:41 pm
Posts: 1420
Location: Wiltshire
Has thanked: 147 times
Been thanked: 213 times
Yes, Diesel(or Creosote/ Paraffin or even old engine oil) works. In my experience it doesn't seem to leak out of the roots into the soil. But maybe I was lucky, and all very much unapproved of and I no way recommend or condone it.

_________________
When all you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:56 pm 
Offline
Senior Member

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:20 pm
Posts: 739
Has thanked: 112 times
Been thanked: 95 times
Well, at this stage I've got a garden waste incinerator that I've cut the bottom off and placed over the stump. Holes drilled into the stump and filled with paraffin, then charcoal on top. It's been burning for a few hours and I hope to keep it going for a couple of days. I'll report back then!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 


Similar topics
   

Time zone: Europe/London [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Visit Solent plastics


 

 

 

News News Site map Site map SitemapIndex SitemapIndex RSS Feed RSS Feed Channel list Channel list
ultimatehandyman privacy policy

Contact

 

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group

phpBB SEO