Heart rot disease is a sort of fungus that destroys mature trees and creates rot in the tree’s branches and trunks. The fungus attacks then annihilate a tree’s structure. In time, this makes the tree a safety threat. The damage can at first be undetectable from the outside of the tree. However, you can identify diseased trees by the fruiting bodies on the outer part of the bark.
What is Heart Rot Disease?
All hardwood trees are predisposed to variations of fungal infections referred to as heart rot tree disease. The fungi produce the “heartwood” in the middle of these trees’ branches or trunks to decay.
The fungi producing heart rot can infect practically any tree. However, weak, stressed, and old trees are the most vulnerable.
The fungi damage the tree’s hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin, causing the tree to fall probably. At first, you might not be able to detect if your tree has heart rot because the decay is on the inside.
Though, if you can see inside the trunk due to an injury or cut to the bark, you might see a rotted spot. Some heart rot types produce fruiting bodies that appear similar to mushrooms, developing on the outside of a tree. These structures are called brackets or conks. Contact an arborist to examine your trees if you suspect they’re infected.
You can see them around the root crown or a cut in the tree bark. Some are yearly and only come out with the first rain. Others add a new layer every year.
Bacterial Heart Rot
The fungi that create heart rot tree disease are usually put into three categories: soft rot, white rot, and brown rot.
Brown rot is typically the most severe and creates the rotten wood that dries and breaks into cubes. White rot is less severe, and the rotted wood is spongy and moist.
Soft rot is due to bacteria and fungus, developing a condition known as bacterial heart rot. Bacterial heart rot advances slowly and creates the least amount of structural harm in trees. Though they do create decay in lignin, hemicellulose, and cellulose in affected trees, the rot doesn’t spread far or fast.
If you have a mature tree that isn’t planted correctly in your landscape, you might want to think twice before moving it. Moving a mature tree in your landscaping lets you alter your outdoor space quickly and spectacularly.
Keep reading for pertinent information on how to transplant a mature tree.
Moving Mature Trees
Relocating a big tree from the one placed to another delivers vertical interest, an obvious focal point, and fast shade. Even though the effect is much faster than anticipated a seed to grow, transplanting a mature tree can’t happen overnight. So, make plans way before you decide you want to move your mature tree.
Transplanting an older tree takes determination on your part and create some tree stress. Nonetheless, transporting older trees doesn’t have to be a bad dream for either the tree or you.
What to Expect
Typically, a colossal tree loses a substantial portion of its roots during a transplant. This makes it complicated for the tree to rebound once it is put in a new spot. The key to successfully moving a mature tree is to aid the tree in growing roots that can move easily to its new location.
When to Move
The best time you can move a mature tree either in late winter/early spring or late autumn. The mature tree transplant has the best chance of being successful if you do it during these times. Only move mature trees after the leaves drop in the fall or before bud break in the springtime.
Six months after root pruning, go back to the tree and wrap up the branches again. Dig a trench about 12 inches past the root pruning trench. This allows the new roots to be captured that develop after pruning. Plow down until you can undercut the soil ball.
Cover the soil ball with burlap and transfer it to the new planting location. If it is too weighty, hire a tree care professional to help you move it. Take off the burlap and put the soil ball in the new planting hole. This has to be the same deepness as the root ball and 100% wider. Fill with soil and water completely.
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