Dr. Spike and the poorly trees

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Thursday 11 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

With some 250 trees, there are always the odd casualty or two each season; the lemon trees for example. Olive trees are also prone to the odd spot of bother too, but more from disease than attacks of a meteorological nature.

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In this case, the branches had started to dry out and die back. Once this process starts it’s hard to stop, and within a short period, the tree will die off. The most successful course of action is drastic, but it’s been known to work quite effectively – I have done this on more than one occasion. As the disease spreads, the only cure is to remove the affected limb below the diseased area. This meant cutting the entire limb off in order to get below the affected area, and thereby stand a chance of recovery.

After the chainsaw had done its bit, you can clearly see the gradual discolouration of the inner core – left much longer, this could be a deep dark brown, and by then it’s hard to trigger a recovery.

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I then prepare some Bordeaux Mix (copper sulphate)

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And apply it liberally to the affected limb stub…

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With rain due in 24 hours, a sack is tied to cover the wound in order to let the copper sulphate penetrate the area. If the other limb remains unaffected, it’ll be my third successive win via this method 🙂 

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In this next case, there has been no drying out of the branches, but the trunk is weeping a black poisonous treacle, unlike normal sap. I’ve found that copper sulphate can stop this too.

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And so this tree too had the same treatment… 

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And is now wrapped up for the next week or so.

Time will tell if it worked..!

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13 thoughts on “Dr. Spike and the poorly trees

  1. hello uncle spike its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow that is a lot of treez!!! that is probly more treez then we hav in owr entire town heer in the mithikal sitty of oshunside!!! ok bye

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  2. JunkChuck says:

    Wow! This I did not know, but I’ve cut and pasted to make myself notes for future reference.

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  3. Wow thats amazing Spike! Good on you .. The tree doctor 😃

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  4. I need this stuff. Going on two weeks of maybe I have to go the to hospital scary-sick. I just want the blue stuff.

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  5. Cathy says:

    Just used Bordeaux mix for the first time this year – what a range of uses it has!

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  6. Yvonne says:

    Here’s hoping it works.

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  7. ssgt leslie says:

    Good luck and may you be successful with your tree recovery.

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