How do I kill a very large tree discreetly?
I have a very large tree in my yard that just has to go. It is probably close to 8 foot around and taller than my 3 story house. It is in an area that poses no threat to my house so my association will not allow me to cut it down unless it is dead or is an inherent danger to the structure of my house. I have tried and begged for 5 years. Since it is about 100ft away from the house it won't fall on it but it has destroyed my walkway and my driveway twice. I even submitted a plan to re-route my driveway to move it 25 feet away from the tree but the association says it would make too dramatic of a change to the astetics of the home vs. the neighborhood standards. The roots run under my driveway and has twice lifted the concrete up and broken it in two different places. It shades about a 600sq foot area of yard that I cannot keep grass growing, it drops tons of nuts every year that take root in the gardens and yard. Occassionally a monsterous limb will fall out of the top which hasn't hit anything but eventually my luck could run out. I cannot find anything positive about this tree any longer after living here for 10 years. If the tree would just die, then I can have it safely removed. I know the "tree-huggers" (no offence intended) are appalled by my un-PC attitude but I promise to plant 10 trees (or more) elsewhere in my 5 1/2 acres to make up for the removal of this one tree.