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Have any of the leaves turned black/brown? My privet suffered from honey fungus and I had to dig out the hedge, as well as a section of healthy hedge, and I also dug out and threw away all the soil. It was a 2 day job!
I didnt see any bootlaces either, but all the other sympotms were there. HF can spread from dead tree stumps or decaying cherry trees. I had both!
I replaced with privet from elsewhere in the garden and fortunately all now seems well.
This is how mine was looking...
It was dying from the far end, and it was spreading along the hedge each year. There is a product called Armillatox that you can pour onto the hedge that kills the HF, but its now been banned. But the manufacturers have renamed it and called it a path/garden cleaner instead. But im unsure of its new name.
This is it...
Dont forget to apply the solution to 2 or 3 healthy looking stems to the side of the affected stems, as they may well be in the early stages of suffering even if they look healthy.
If its the smaller pine tre to the front then it might come out easier than you think. In the past when removing pine trees I have ...
Chopped it down to leave a 6ft tall stump, then cut all the lower branches off so you left with just the tall stump.
Dig out a circular trench around the tree to reveal the roots, keep digging out and try and get under the root ball. Use a pick axe to chop through the roots in the trench.
Then, using the tall trunk as leverage, push and pull it back and forth which should start snapping the roots.
My HF has just got to the black smelly collapsing stage. I usually remove the fruiting bodies so it doesn't all land on the Cyclamen coum. But this year I forgot or even it stinks
Got all this to look forward to with our pink chestnut tree. Our plan is that once its felled and the tree surgeon has ground out the stump, and we,ve got out as much of the root system as possible, we will rotivate the area and use it for veg growing. Does that sound ok or are we asking for trouble. Will look up the Armillatox product for the surrounding shrubs/trees.
The area will be absolutely fine for veg, Gina. Any annual plant in fact as the fungus takes a relatively long time to affect roots so they won't be there for long enough for it to become a problem. The regular cultivation of the soil which automatically happens when growing veg will also destroy the rhizomorphs (bootlaces) through which it spreads so, in time, you are very likely to be rid of the problem.
Thanks for that Bob, I hoped that might be the case. I will get some Armillatox for the nearby trees just in case. Have a good weekend
This is a great factsheet Gina - I meant to post the link earlier. From the Guernsey government site (pdf format):
Charlie November wrote (see)
The problem with trying to rip out that tree is that someone built a barbecue on top of its roots and the roots of the others. Maybe I could dig around behind it to separate it from them, but if I leave infected roots in the ground ... *sigh*
I se what you mean. Perhaps dig the trench close to the bbq and cut through as many roots as you can. Hopefully it wont be disturbed when the tree comes out.