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Is this honey fungus

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:22

Thank you Rosie31. You've lifted my spirits.  We have a new Bird Box to put up and don't know where it would go, other than in the willow. In 2012 and 2013 Great Tits nested there and we had great fun watching all the goings in and out. Last spring, however, there was a lot of prospecting, but no birds actually nested there. I'm now wondering if the birds might have detected something unpleasant going on within the tree and opted to nest elsewhere. Does anyone out there think this is likely?  Anyway, I'll put up the new box and see what happens this spring.

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 22:24

Thank you to all who have responded to my queries. There are a few fungi at the bottom of our willow which resemble those in the first photo, and where some of the bark has peeled away there is a white patch underneath with grey striped markings, so that does appear to be honey fungus.  The crops of fungi growing in crevices further up the tree definitely look like the ones in the lower picture ; really quite handsome in their way. I wish I had the know-how to transfer the photos I've taken on to here; I know how to send them as attachments with an Email, but anything more ambitious beats me I'm afraid. Sorry.  What's the next step to take? Should we be thinking of having the willow removed, and is there anything we can use to treat the soil and inhibit the spread of this awful disease? This tree started off as a twig on my nature table at school, when I was teaching some 51 years ago. At 20 feet tall it has been the main feature of the garden for a long time now, but if it needs to go then so be it.

 

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 10:40

Crops of golden yellow fungi on our pussy-willow, on sites where branches have been removed in the past ; the death last year of a mahonia growing in the same bed just 5' away, and now a laurel turning black and obviously dying, which is just a foot away.  How deep do I need to dig to find any tell-tale 'bootlaces'? Nothing to be seen in the top 3" of the soil.

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 10:36

Safe Wood Preservative

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 19:07

Have just bought a Gardman GROWHOUSE. It is made from a soft wood and the company recommends it is treated with a preservative that is harmless to plants. I have used Cuprinol in the past but do not know if it safe for plants, and don't have any left anyway.  I presume the product must not give off fumes, so when plants are inside with the door shut, they will not come to any harm. Advice much appreciated please.

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