How to Kill Elm Trees

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Things You'll Need

  • Chain saw

  • Safety goggles

  • Power drill

  • Drill bit

  • Tree stump chemical

  • Brush killer

Tall elm trees can be an inconvenience in urban areas.

Elm trees are prominent throughout Europe, North America and parts of the Southern Hemisphere. They are best known for their endurance, versatility, rapid growth and shade. Since elm trees grow so tall so quickly, their roots sometimes grow out of the ground and their branches often droop. This can become a clearance issue in urban areas, where maintaining these large trees and building around them can be difficult. An elm tree can be killed easily but safety precautions should be taken.


Step 1

Cut the elm tree down with a chain saw, with the blade as close to the ground as possible. Make sure the area around the tree is clear, so that the tree does not crush anything when falling to the ground. Wear safety googles when using a chain saw, to prevent wood chips from getting into your eyes.

Step 2

Drill several 1-inch diameter holes into the surface of the remaining tree stump using a power drill. The holes should be drilled on a slanted angle and 8 to 10 inches deep.

Step 3

Insert a tree stump chemical into each hole in the stump. This will kill the roots and prevent the elm tree from regrowing. Reapply the chemicals once a week to speed the process and wait several weeks for the chemicals to take effect.


Step 4

Spray brush killer on the green foliage that sprouts from the stump. Be careful to not accidentally spray the brush killer on any other vegetation around the stump because it will die as well.



April Dowling

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.