HOW TO KILL A TREE

*  TOP TREE TO ENCOURAGE WATERSPROUTS

*  LEAVE CODOMINANT LEADERS TO ENCOURAGE “V” GROWTH AND SPLITTING DURING WINDS AND STORMS.

*  LEAVE CROSSING BRANCHES TO RUB BARK WOUNDS.

*  IGNORE INSECT OR DISEASE DAMAGE

*  COAT PRUNING CUTS WITH PAINT OR SEALER TO SLOW HEALING.

*  LEAVE BROKEN BRANCHES UNPRUNED TO ENCOURAGE PESTS.

*  SPRAY HERBICIDES OVER TREE ROOT AREA TO WEAKEN TREE.

*  DAMAGE ROOTS AND TRUNK WITH LAWN EQUIPMENT.

*  CUT THROUGH ROOTS WHEN DIGGING TRENCHES.

*  PLANT CLOSE TO HOUSE OR OBSTACLE TO REDUCE ADEQUATE GROWING SPACE.

*  NAIL OR ATTACH ITEMS TO TREE TO DAMAGE BARK AND GIRDLE BRANCHES.

*  PRUNE RANDOMLY TO LEAVE BRANCH “STUBS”.

*  PRUNE FLUSH CUTS TO REDUCE WOUND CLOSURE.

*  LEAVE TREE STAKED UNTIL GUY WIRE GIRDLES TRUNK.

*  LEAVE WRAP ON TO CONSTRICT TRUNK GROWTH AND ROT BARK.

*  PILE EXCESSIVE MULCH TO ENCOURAGE RODENT DAMAGE AND BARK ROT.

*  PUT NON-POROUS BLACK PLASTIC UNDER MULCH.

*  LEAVE BALL LACING ON TO GIRDLE TRUNK.

*  LEAVE WIRE BASKET IN PLACE TO GIRDLE ROOTS.

*  LEAVE TREATED OR SYNTHETIC BURLAP ON TO PREVENT ROOT GROWTH.

*  DIG HOLE TOO NARROW AND OVERAMEND BACKFILL TO DISCOURAGE PROPER ROOT SPREAD.

*  DIG HOLE TO DEEP OR FILL WITH GRAVEL TO COLLECT WATER AND DROWN ROOTS.

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