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I have a question I bet you have never been asked before: "How do I KILL a pine tree" Have ten of them in our back yard. One is just where I want to plant a garden. Our homeowners associations will not allow us to take a pine tree down unless it is DEAD. Nine pines are plenty, I really would like a garden. Thank you. Janice Vogel

Backyard Expert - Cathy Nordstrum

Dear Janice,

Find out the reasons for your Homeowner Association's policy. Once they understand that you have specific plans for a garden (a vegetable garden I assume) they may grant you a variance. If you want to have a landscaped area, and not a garden per se, then plant appropriate native plants under your existing trees and enjoy the woods you will have created...a truly natural garden that will benefit wildlife.

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