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Fight back against honey fungus

Posted on July 01 2012 at 11:21:19 0 comments

Honey fungus


Bartlett Tree Experts offer advice on eradicating fungi.

A mini forest of honey-coloured toadstools at the base of any woody plant usually signifies the presence of a root rot fungi called Armillaria mellea.

This fungi with the ring on its stalk causes white rot in woody plants, and is also a long-lived and soil-borne parasitic fungi that wreaks havoc on many precious garden plants. 

Initial symptoms of the disease are: failure of leaves to appear in spring, yellowing and wilting of foliage, reduced number of leaves, die back in the crown and prolific flowering or fruiting. 

Poor growth, stress and reduced vigour of garden plants appear to be the trigger in the success of this pathogen.

A tree stressed by lack of water, poor soil nutrition, compaction or physical injury is more likely to contract honey fungus than one that is well fed and regularly watered.

In essence, good plant husbandry reduces the incidence of both pests and diseases. 

The use of supersonic compressed air to cultivate the soil in which the tree grows and to disrupt the fungal bootlaces is a key component in the methods used to repel the advancing army of bootlace strands, which can heavily infect the soil, spreading the disease and feeding on trees and shrubs.

Root Invigoration applies compressed air to the soil and cultivates compacted and unmanageable heavy soils without damaging plant roots.

Fertiliser amendments can then be added to the backfill to create a fertile, oxygen-laden and porous medium in the top layer of soil in which the fungus tunnels.

The effects of this treatment on any woody plant are significant in terms of plant health and growth, but especially on the menace of honey fungus.

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