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Comment: I once heard that if you drive copper nails into trees it will
kill the trees. This doesn't seem right to me, but I cannot find a
definitive answer anywhere. If you ever get a chance to research this, I
would like to know.

When I was in high school back in the 70s, I hung plastic cups to trap
insects on trees in a nearby nature area for a science project. I chose
the largest trees because they were easy to find. When I removed the
cups, I thoughtlessly left the nails behind. I had access to and used
copper nails because I didn't want them to rust. They were small nails
and I only used one or two per tree, but I sampled from a lot of trees.

A few years ago, I noticed that many of the large trees were gone (or
unhealthy) in the part of the grove I worked in and the legend of copper
nails killing trees was yanked unbidden from the recesses of my memory.
Guilt trip.

I later casually asked a local ecologist who conducts nature walks if he
noticed any older trees dying in our county and he said that he and other
ecologists in the area couldn't explain why so many of the "ancient
behemoths" had died all at once in that particular grove.

I didn't tell him about my copper nails just in case the legend is true.
Please research this (and then tell me it isn't).

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I have actually heard this one also, but here is what I found:

The Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture says
quote:
Not only is a copper nail not only not going to kill the tree, but it is a primary components of many fungicides
linkety-link See myth #19

ETA: Is my link actually a chow, or is a chow only for stuff already found on snopes?

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quote:
Originally posted by LtColCarter:
I have actually heard this one also, but here is what I found:

The Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture says
quote:
Not only is a copper nail not only not going to kill the tree, but it is a primary components of many fungicides
linkety-link See myth #19

ETA: Is my link actually a chow, or is a chow only for stuff already found on snopes?

While its supposwed to be for stuff allready on snopes, chow simples means "see thsi" or "click here" kind on of thing. I would say its valid.

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Chow, by its very nature, is a link to a previous Snopes thread. Yours is a link. [Smile]

Now, if someone else posted a thread very similar to this, a chow would be warranted.

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Not only is a copper nail not only not going to kill the tree, but it is a primary components of many fungicides
Wow, they put copper nails in fungicides?

Casey:
Chow, by its very nature, is a link to a previous Snopes thread.
Not really. It's now used mostly for that purpose, but it doesn't have to be. If I remember my history lessons correct, it wasn't originally used that way at all.

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I once heard that any kind of nail is bad for a tree, because it punctures the bark and allows incets and things into the tree. I don't think it's true though, because if you go hiking may places you'll see trail markers nailed to trees. I figure if it were bad for them, park rangers would be the last people to do it.

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