How to Kill a Pine Tree – Try out These Different Methods

Ever since I started gardening five years ago, I have loved this hobby more than ever. From learning the basics of gardening to knowing more about growing organic food, I came across some details regarding pine trees.

Despite its majestic aura, there are times that we have to remove the pine tree from our lawns or gardens. If you have struggled with this gardening problem, this article will guide you on how to kill a pine tree without spending a lot of fortune and time.

It is given that pine trees are very resilient and it is often difficult to cut it down because even though you have cut the tree down, the roots need to be removed or killed as well. There are many effective ways to kill a pine tree and here are some of the things that you need to know and things that you must prepare.

How to Kill a Pine Tree

There are many different ways and methods to kill a pine tree. Here are some of the step by step procedure so that you will know how to kill a pine tree easily.

Method 1: Using Salt

Necessary Items
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Drill
  • A squeeze bottle that has a cylindrical tip
  • Clean water (if you are using powdered chemicals)
  • ​Salt
  • Mixing paddle

If you are not in a hurry, you can try this method. Surprisingly, salt can be used to kill a pine tree.

  • The first thing that you need to do is to drill some holes into the ground.
  • And then once you can see the roots, pour the concentrated solution of salt into the holes you’ve made. The process is slow, but eventually, the pine trees will die.

Method 2: Drilling and Filling

Necessary Items
  • Drill
  • Herbicide
  • Preferred chemical ingredient
  • Gloves

The drill and fill process is one of the fastest ways to kill a pine tree. I have used this method in past and I want to share with you the steps on how to kill a pine tree with this process. Here are the steps.

  • Get your gloves.
  • Get the drill and puncture some holes to the roots of the pine tree. This process will allow the chemicals to be absorbed easily and faster. You can also drill some holes around the trunk. Don’t forget to drill in a slight manner so that the herbicide will not leak out.
  • You fill the hole using the herbicide or any preferred chemical ingredient. Remember that it should be a concentrated herbicide to attain optimum results.
  • Spray the chemical to the leaves of the pine tree and ensure that it has fully coated the leaves.

Method 3: Burning

Necessary Items
  • Flammable materials
  • Matches or lighter

While some gardeners prefer to implement the usage of salt or copper to kill the pine trees, others prefer the drill and fill method. However, there are also nasty approaches to killing the pine trees.

Even though I haven’t tried it myself, I am adding this process here so that you can choose the best method and have some varying options that you can apply to kill your pine trees. Just remember that if you prefer burning, don’t burn the pine trees in a dry season or even on a windy day to prevent bush fires or uncontrolled burning.

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • The first thing that you need to do is to gather some flammable materials, some lighter or matches.
  • Go to the pine tree and prepare the place.
  • Remove dead leaves and other inflammable things surrounding it.
  • Burn the pine tree using the inflammable ingredients.
  • Watch it burn so that you can monitor the growth of the fire.
  • Once it has died down, make sure that the fire is fully down before moving away from the burnt tree.

Method 4: Girdling

Necessary Items
  • Axe
  • Saw
  • Tape
  • Knife
  • Pencil or marker
  • Chisel

If burning or using a herbicide is not your idea of killing the pine tree. You can implement the girdling process or method. You might be just like me. In the past, I asked myself if there is an alternative way that I can know how to kill a pine tree. Thankfully, there is.

As I have mentioned above, the ways and methods of killing a pine tree are not limited. This next procedure termed as “girdling” is an effective way to kill the pine tree that is blocking your garden’s access to the sun’s rays.

You might be wondering what Girdling is. It is actually a process that is also termed as ring-barking because the bark is essential to killing the pine tree. You need to get your axe, the saw, and the tape before starting the procedure. Here are some of the steps that you need to do and don’t forget to watch this video as well.

Step-by-Step Procedure

  • Remove a strip of bark around the trunk of the pine tree. If you remove the outer bark as well as the cambium, you are preventing the transfer of nutrients from the roots to the leaves, which in turn will eventually kill the pine tree.
  • Get the saw and use it to puncture the pine tree.
  • Mark the area before removing the outer bark.
  • Create the mark and it should be circling the circumference of the pine tree.
  • Do the marking twice.
  • Once that is done, remove the barks using your axe or chisel.
  • Thoroughly check if the outer bark and the inner bark are fully removed.
  • Mark the tree using the tape so that you can ward off people from coming near the tree. Informing the public is important in cases of accidents or unforeseen events.

Additional Things to Know

There are many reasons why cutting down the pine trees are the only option. Despite its grandiose look, there are instances that you may need to cut it down. The same thing goes for me as well.

It came to a point that I had to cut the pine trees down because it's affecting my garden. It blocks the sun and the rays are not penetrating my yard. Since the lack of sunlight could affect my garden, I decided to cut it down.

Dos and Don'ts

Even though your yard will get the benefit from killing off the pine tree. It is also important to weigh things first. Don’t be in such a hurry. Weigh everything first so that you won’t regret it in the latter time.

Don’t worry, you are not alone in this predicament. Before removing the pine tree from my lawn, I had to ponder many times before making the decision. If the situation calls for it, prepare the needed materials, but be sure to apply safety at all times. Don’t burn the pine tree if there are effective ways and safer ways to get it done.

Final Say​

“How to kill a pine tree” is a common question that often lingered on any gardener’s mind, but to blurt it out might be easier said than done. This is the reason why I have prepared this article to assist you in weighing the pros and cons before killing the pine tree in your yard or lawn.

I hope that this article guide is able to provide you with the needed details to ease your stress and apprehensions regarding the removal of the pine trees on your lawn.

If you have any suggestions or additional ideas, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding this method. If this article has helped you in more ways than one, please share and pass this article.​

Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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