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What can I do about an area of garden that once had a tree infected by honey fungus? The tree has long since been cut down, but nothing grows there. Is the honey fungus still in the soil and what can I put there that will stand any chance of survival. To add to complications the site is at the bottom of a slope on clay soil and is partially shady. I need to sort out this hole in my boundary with something that will grow, screen and hopefully look pretty. Any ideas?
Honey fungus. What a nightmare! It was in my previous garden. A very knowlegable person gave me a list of plants that are more resilient to it, and gave me the advice to disturb the soil as little as possible so I had some success. Here are some plants from th list:
Ash, beech, catalpa, chaenomles, clamatis, cottinus, eleagnus, hawthorn, Kerria, mahonia, pieris, tamarisk, laurel, larch, rhus,
These plants could be affected by it. I also uased to go out armed with disposable gloves and a plastic bag and try to catch the fungus early, then dispose of it -.
Garden organic web site was very helpful as well,
Christine, you have my sympathy. I once thought I had it in my garden and went into a blind panic, googling for images to compare, peeling back bark to look for mycelium, digging yo see if I could find bootlaces, though I doubt I'd have recognised one if I'd seen it. In the end it turned out to be just a lot of golden capped toadstools that are quite common in woodlands round the base of trees.
At least your honey fungus has been dealt with, and hopefully it is no longer lurking in your soil.
This list of resistant plants may be of some help:
Thanks for the suggestions - and sympethy! I shall have a good look through and see what is suitable...and what I fancy putting in!
I think I had honey fungus in my garden, something was killing my privet hedge off. I had a diseased cherry tree nearby which I understand is prone to honey fungus. I also had a few old tree stumps still rooted in the ground which again can be the cause of HF.
Heres a photo of my privet hedge that was gradually dying off from the far end, spreading along the hedge each year...
I dug out all the affected privet hedge, and reluctantly decided to cut the cherry tree down and remove as much of its roots as possible. I also dug out the tree stumps. Ive since replanted with new privet hedge which is growing healthily.
Armillatox is supposed to treat areas suffering from HF, but it was recently banned as a pesticide (along with many others) and is now relabled as a path cleaning product to bypass legistlation. See here http://www.armillatox.com/