Linda 21

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Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 23:51

Thank you all for your comments.  Either of the two fungi mentioned look bad news to me!   I have read somewhere that the Monteray Pine lives on average between 80 and 90 years, and this tree would appear to be much older than that.  It is HUGE.   Whoever thought to put the septic tank so close must have been mad, but it definitely wasn't us.    The photo was taken after the fungus had been there some time.  To start with it was a much brighter yellow, almost a golden orange colour.  I will let you know what happens.  Don't like taking trees down, but it may be better to take it down in a controlled fashion rather than let it fall down.   We live on the Isle of Man and we would need a licence to fell it, so it will depend on the man from the forrestry.   Thank you all again for your advice.

Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 16:16

Yes in fact the photo does not show the whole picture, because in fact most of the branches are on one side, and the tree leans over a Victorian electric tram line!   We have always been concerned about the tree falling over and causing damage to the tune of a small country's national debt!  Worse still is that there is a septic tank about three feet from the base of the tree and the roots have got into the tank, so that has to be replaced.   We now have to have a new sewage treatment system.  Hence my concern over the tree and the fungus.   If the fungus is already bad news and we effectively cut off the trees current water supply (!) as well as perhaps having to sever some roots in an effort to site the new sewage system, we want to make sure the tree does not keel over!

Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 14:33

That's is what concerns me.   The fungus appeared last year and then disappeared over the winter.  I have to admit to knocking it off the tree, but I doubt if that will stop it re-appearing.   The tree has sent roots out which have wrecked our septic tank, whichis now going to have to be replaced.   My concern is that if the tree is already under thret by the fungus, then any excavations we do round its roots, will seriously undermine its safety.

 You can just make out the fungus in the fissure at the base of the tree.  It's not a very good photo!

Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 09:15

We have a fungus growing at the base of a huge Monteray Pine tree (it has a girth of about 15')   Does any one know what it is and should I be worried, please? 


B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 08:18

Having read all the posts on this link over my morning cuppa, I would be interested to know if anything further came of the e-mails sent to Gardener's World?  Have you had any celebrity come forward to put our point of view?   I read an article about 4 or 5 years ago that said Which had found B and Q MPC was by far the best, and have used it ever since.  Up until this year I have always found it Ok, but other products I have used have contained all the addistional stuff mentioned in other posts, glass, branches, plastic etc.,  Perhaps I have just been lucky with my batch from B and Q. before now, but I have to say this year's batch is no where near as good as previous years.  Am just about to get some chooks, so my home made compost source will increase from next year.  Our garden is about an acre, and I grow a huge number of plants from seeds each year, so I need a lot.  Am tempted to go down to the sea and recycle some seeweed too!

Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:56


Sudden death of quickthorn tree

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:48

Here is a photo of the rhoddie leaves, I can't see any sign of rot at the base of the Quickthorn, but will poke about at it later when I am in the garden and let you know, same with the rhoddie.


Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:30

I will take further photos, as there appears to be two sorts of problem leaves.  The ones I have already shown you and other ones which are much more severe, with the leaf browning from the tip.Will go get the camera folks!  Am buping this aas I have a problem with a Quickthorn which appears to have died in a week!

Sudden death of quickthorn tree

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:27

The reason I wondered about the Phytophthora is that when we asked permission to fell a tree (as you do on the Isle of Man) the Officer who came out to inspect was telling us how worried they are about this disease.  He asked me to keep an eye on the stand of huge rhododendrons we have in the garden (I didn't plant them!) as they were one of the main hosts for Phytophthora and as we have several Larch as well and we live very near one of the National Glens he was concerned.   I don't want to phone him up and tell him that there is a problem unless I am pretty sure myself of what the problem may be.  I posted photos of the leaves of the rhoddie, which I will bump up on the list so you can see.  I was checking on the rhoddies and thought I should see how the Larch were doing, and it was while looking for them I saw the Quickthorn.  I will go and look if there are any more symptoms.

Sudden death of quickthorn tree

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:39

Having posted about my rhododendron trees having problems with strange blackened areas on the leaves, I was walking the hedge on the other side of the garden when I noticed that a 20' high quickthorn tree has just died.  It was perfectly OK last week!!   Any ideas folks?    I am concerned that it may be Phytophthora (?) Does it attack Quickthorn?

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