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I use a mixture of 4 ounces of Spectracide per gallon to spray at the base of my fence. The neighbors have some kind of tree that the Forestry Service said some years ago to not plant as they have a tendency to take over.  Those 3 trees are dead or dying and they are blaming me using Spectracide.  At this concentration I have used it around ALL my shrubs and the fence line along my other neighbor's shrubs, and nothing has been damaged in the least.  I must also add that this particular tree is dying all over northcentral Florida, but but these neighbors refuse to believe it or even investigate.  What do you think?  Did I kill their trees?  (I use Spectracide very sparingly from a sprayer and only directly on the weeds themselves - after all, I don't want to kill my shrubs or anyone else's!)  Thank you!v

Spectracide is the brand name what is the chemical. I assume it is a herbicide not an insecticide. Look on the container and it will have the active ingredient. This will let me know if it will kill the tree. Some are contact herbicides and others a soil born.  And write back. Thanks  


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Jim Hyland


I am an expert in Forestry, Forest Entomology, Forest Pest Control, and Forest Health. Extensive knowledge in Identification of insects and diseases of trees. Expert on Bark beetles and other insects that attack forests. Also a Registrated Forester with extensive knowledge in the management and care of forests.


34 years as State Pest Management Chief in a Southern state. Extensive knowledge in Forestry.

BS with major in Forest Management and Entomology
Registered Forester
Certified Pesticide Appicator

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