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Poisoned Tree

By benneh 28 April 2008 47

An old tree in my backyard died recently, which at the time I thought nothing of.  It wasn’t until my friend helping me cut it out with a chainsaw, we noticed a section of the tree had what appears to be a hole drilled in the side, and a plastic bag stuffed inside it.

The more I think about it, the more I suspect foul play, especially considering:

A) It was in a section of the tree my neighbours could reach by leaning over the fence

B) These neighbours have on other occassions chopped branches off my other trees, and which were not overhanging on their property, and

C) They have a monster veggie patch over the fence (which they break all the water restriction rules watering too, but that’s irrelevant)

I’m wondering if they used some kind of poison to kill my tree off, probably because they thought it was absorbing too much water for their precious vegie patch.  I’m especially miffed/worried as I have young kids who play around that part of the yard all the time.

Does anyone know if I can have it tested to see if/what they poisoned it with?  Do I have any recourse if I can prove they did something to it?

What’s Your opinion?


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Thoroughly Smashed 10:37 am 12 Apr 10

padragph said :

Plant a hop vine along the fence they will never reach over again hops contain a natural iodine in the leaves one scratch will burn like hell and take 3 months for the brown mark to wear off

Wtf?

By the way, nice work resurrecting a long buried thread.

Mysterious said :

pretty pathetic responses in all, surprised youse can deem yourselves human !

BTW is there a second side to the story ?

maybe the neighbours have had enough of your poorly maintained tree littering thier yard.

some people dont realise that if you wanted that tree that you would plant it in your own yard !

Having excess yard work can be annoying when neighbours allow there trees to grow over in to other peoples yards…

smacks of someinside knowledge…

padragph 5:08 am 12 Apr 10

Plant a hop vine along the fence they will never reach over again hops contain a natural iodine in the leaves one scratch will burn like hell and take 3 months for the brown mark to wear off

Mysterious 2:57 pm 04 May 08

pretty pathetic responses in all, surprised youse can deem yourselves human !

BTW is there a second side to the story ?

maybe the neighbours have had enough of your poorly maintained tree littering thier yard.

some people dont realise that if you wanted that tree that you would plant it in your own yard !

Having excess yard work can be annoying when neighbours allow there trees to grow over in to other peoples yards…

smokey4 12:42 pm 04 May 08

AS I said before It is not worth the agro. If these people are as nasty as you think they are they will not give a toss as to how you feel. Escalating the situation is not advisable. You kill their cat, they kill your dog etc. Sooner than later you end up like that man in Kingston who despatched his neighbour.

Sort of reminds me when I was a child the next door neighbours pigs dug up our potatoes. My father retaliated by throwing some baited (arsinic) apples across the fence. Pigs got sick and the ag dept mis-diagnosed swine fever. Six year quarantine was placed on the property and pigs destroyed. Pigs were never a problem again.

This sort of thing can get out of hand very quickly and the local council and police are not very happy with people that do this sort of thing.

ant 10:01 am 04 May 08

Growing veggies is laudable, but no one has the right to kill someone else’s tree. Trees take years to grow and perform some useful environmental services themselves. Imagine having a tree you’d grown up with, and someone decides the tree is inconvenient and taking it upon themselves to kill it. This is happening a lot in Sydney, where they are obsessed with being able to see the water (adds a few extra thousand to that all-important selling price).

I’ve planted several hundred assorted trees on my place, they’re all irrigated at huge expense because it’s so rocky and windy here. There’s a lot of huge, ossified stumps around the place, where some vandal farmer destroyed many very old trees here. I guess we’re the next wave, trying to roll back some of the damage.

Gohard 11:27 pm 03 May 08

For the rioters:
Flatten their cat with a shovel and push it under the front door at midnight or dissolve a couple of bags of pool salt in a 44 gallon drum of hot water and pump it over the fence onto the garden soil rendering it useless forever – that will learn the f*rkers…

Seriously tho Benneh, consider that it may be far better to be actively growing vegetables than passive ornamental trees away from your your dwelling that offer no real utility. There may be a question of the (tap?)water being utilised for the production of home grown, but think of the resources required to assemble and package ‘fresh’ foods at the store that is patronised by car on a regular basis. It is also worth mentioning the additional mental and physical health benefits of maintaining a garden and the value fixing carbon through improving the soil. I am certainly not suggesting that criminal acts such as the wonton destruction or vandalisation of established trees should take place and go unrecognised however, you only have speculation on your side. Have a cuppa with your neighbours and get inspired to make a difference.

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