How To Kill A Eucalyptus Tree UK

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Welcome to this post about how you can kill a eucalyptus tree in the UK. The same techniques will apply but the difference might be the speed at that the tree will die off.

The UK is a colder country where eucalyptus trees are very rare to find growing. But they can do well here too if they get a lot of sun during the year. 

But the method comes down to cutting open the trunk of the tree and then spraying it with herbicide solution that will kill the tree. Since the roots are still in the ground they could still start to make the tree grow even though the trunk is cut off. 

Below we will continue talking about this topic and digging deeper into what the method consists of and some other common topics.

A Forest Of Eucalyptus Trees

How To Kill A Eucalyptus Tree UK

Killing a eucalyptus tree in the UK is really not that different from doing it in the US where it’s a lot more common to grow this tree. It’s only recently that the trend of growing eucalyptus in the UK has started and knowing how to get rid of them is good knowledge to have.

Like we said at the beginning of this article, you will want to use a chainsaw and cut two diagonal cuts over the trunk of the eucalyptus tree. Cut about 1 – 2 inches deep into the trunk.

After this, you will want to use a herbicide solution to spray into the cut rows in the trunk of the tree. This will cause the tree to start wilting and eventually die off. 

The reason for people wanting to go this route is that taking out the roots from the ground is a very labor-heavy task that also takes a lot of time. So killing the trunk like this and then letting it decompose over the next several years will cause a lesser impact on the soil where it’s growing.

The roots of the tree will also start decomposing and you won’t have to refill a large hole after taking the tree out.

Are you wondering about the smell of the eucalyptus tree if it smells any good then we have written an article just about that? You can find it here, Does Eucalyptus Smell Good.

Flowering Eucalyptus Outdoors

What Causes Eucalyptus Trees To Die

Some of the most common reasons for a eucalyptus tree to die are the lack of good drainage and damp conditions that make it harder for air circulation to go through the whole tree. But wet weather and generally poor conditions are also common causes.

The lack of drainage makes the roots start to rot as the water stays in the ground around them for longer. This can quickly make the tree die unfortunately and often there are very few things you can do about it.

Damp conditions or just poor conditions make for nonideal environments for the tree to grow in. This makes it not perform and grow as fast and has a harder time establishing itself. So if it ever catches a disease it’s a lot more susceptible to be harmed by it. 

If you would like to learn more about how you can kill the roots of the eucalyptus tree then we have written a dedicated article about that, find it here, Killing Eucalyptus Tree Roots.

Eucalyptus Flowering In The Sun

How Do You Get Rid Of Eucalyptus Roots

This is a pretty labor-heavy task to undertake as you will need to lift the whole roots from the ground. But the best method we have found to use is by lifting the trunk from the ground by digging around it. Then you will need to almost individually lift and drag the other roots from the ground.

Another method is to just let the roots be in there and they will eventually start to decompose. But it’s only really possible when you have killed the stump or the trunk of the tree beforehand. It can save a lot of time and effort.

Eucalyptus Leaves Growing Outside