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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 09:41

Well, Bob - so much for the guy from the local gardeners association - I knew more than he did, I think!  he noticed that the laurel tree trunk was black and thought that that also was diseased - but that trunk is always a much darker brown than anything else in the garden and is rock solid - it has always had a split trunk as long as we have been here, and is still growing strongly.  (It was just a huge shrub, but we took a tip from Highgrove and chopped all the lower branches off to make said shrub into a tree).  He brought the Gardening Expert book on Pests and came to the conclusion that the problem was somesthing whose name I cannot remember except that it began with a P - but the description was nothing like what we have got.  Husband chopped half the hawthorn tree down and will dig the remaining trunk and  root out tonight so that at least if it is the honey fungus we are removing the host.  When we had the tree onthe ground, chopping it up for disposal, some of the leaves looked fine but most of it looked complely dead - as if it had been poisoned.  We do know that the people who cut the field at the side of our garden put weed killer down the edges where it abuts to us, for ease of cutting, and we cannot help but wonder if some of it has affected our tree - but then, would it not have affected all the blackberries that we have climging up the same fence, but in a different part of the garden?  We also but up to a a woodland area which belongs to a Govt Dept and cannot be touched, so we also wonder if something has eaten the roots where they might have spread into this area.  I guess we are just going to have to bite the bullet and call in the experts but, in the meantime, when we have got all the root out we will spray the soil liberally with Armilladox (I think thats what it is called) to sterilise it.  Said man had not a clue about the apple tree, but it is still fruting nicely so we will hang fire for a while with that and see if it recovers.  Watch this space!

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:34

Thanks for the tip Bob - got a guy from the local gardening association coming around tomorrow pm - if he can help I willl let you know what he says.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 08:11

Good morning Bob - getting obsessed with the situation now - but when I went out to put the bird food out, I looked at the tree and moved some of the soil- seems to be okay, and the roots on top of the soil were from a fruit tree, but I did notice this am that there were slugs of all things climbing the bark at the bottom of the tree and apparently feeding!  We did have on hawthorn which never really flourished, and all out problems seem to have started when we followed a grower's advice and moved it to a different place in the garden.  We had hoped not togo to the expense of hiring an expert, but it looks like we have no choice.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 22:11

Yes Bob - I noticed today that there are root like growths actually on the surface of the soil - we put the trees in about six years ago - they were the first we planted when we moved here and got the garden going but they were not very small saplings - probably about 12' tall at that time.  I guess we are going to just have to grit our teeth and call someone in, less we lose all of them but thanks for the tip.

birds in my garden

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:41

It seems to me that they eat everything Iput out whether it be left over meat potatoes, pastry, suet pellets, seeds etc

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:38

Yes thank you - I looked at that this am and tried to ring them but no answer!  Have been iut in the garden again this pm and noticed tht the hawthorn is very sick - when I pushed at it it rocked on its roots - I had noticed what looked like damage right at the bottom of the trunk where it comes up out of the ground.I think if I had pushed really hard it might have come up out of the ground a bit - and yet it seems like it was brilliant only last week with lots of lovely blossom forming.  Over the weekend other half will have to chop it down, dig it out, and try to get it burned.  We have a friend who is always collecting wood for his wood burning stove, so he might be able to help out - he has a chipper so might be able at least to get it down to manageable pieces for us.  I am just amazed at how quickly it has gone.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:35

Thank you Flowerchild.  The apple tree that is badly damaged is the very first tree that we planted when we starrted the garden - it is so pretty, as well - such a lovely shape reminiscent of my chilldhood.  The second hawthorn that seems to have had it has definitely faded quite quickly - at the beginning of the month it looked quite green andhealthy - it was only when I got closer to see why it had not blossomed that I saw the state of it.  We have two other apple trees in that part of the gsrden, two plum and a cherry - as I said in an earlier post, we had to remove the pear tree, which seemed to be sickening last year.   At least, even though it is going to be expensive if we have to replace them all, they are not 100 year old trees, which we had in a previous orchard.That would have been just soul destroying.

We cannot just take out the affected bits because they are on the main trunk, below flowering branch level but our other concern is that it might be something in the garden or the soil which is causing the problem.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY TREES?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:48

I have looked at the pictures of fireblight and this is exactly what is happening to all out trees in our new little orchard - perhaps the hawthorn tree that we moved to nearer the fruit (on  the advice of the grower) was diseased and that was why it was failing - and in moving it perhaps we have put it too near to the other trees and thus they have all got infected.   Whatever, practically all the trees in that area are showing the same symptoms so - can anyone give me some advice.  I  have read all the bumph about it but it is a bit like ploughing through treacle to a fruit tree novice -  though the apple tree most badly affect seems to b e fruiting, the leaves are beginning to curl - are we best off just cutting our losses and getting rid of all the damaged trees and starting again - or now that it is in the garden will it just spread.  We have loads of roses, an ash tree that we planted three years ago and a part of the garden that was already planted with cotoneasters before we arrived.  Should we get rid of the 20'tall pyracantha which is shedding its leaves as if it were winter before it can do any more damage?  We do not know enough about this and do not know where we can go to get advice.  Obviously we do not want the good trees to be infected - b ut can we then replant this year without risk of anything else being got at?  The apple tree that is really badly affected has got cankers all over the place but on the base of the trunk there is a big one that almost completely rings the tree.

Agapanthus

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:34

That is what we thought with our first collection but perhaps I am paranoid about them after losing so much stuff in the garden a couple of winters ago!  Obviously, if they grow wild like that, they do notneed feeding or watering over much - I guess I might have messed up but I shall definitely leave them alone now and see what happens.

birds in my garden

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:17

I love my birds - costs me a fortune to support  them.  I do not mind the robins, the crows, jackdaws, magpies, black birds et all - but I dread it when the starlings come round - such messy eaters and such bully boys - an elderly acquaintance used to call them "shovellers" as they seem to shovel as much into their beaks as they can  and even so much that they drop it as they fly away.  They do seem, however, to diminish as the year goes on and just come back at baby feeding time or in a very harsh winter.

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