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  1. A classic case of confusing, or at least conflating, correlation and causation. Also when 'natural bracing' is defined as everything from grafting, inoculation, constant contact, or occasional contact, the theory gets a little fuzzy to my eyes. But I do enjoy having those eyes guided to these tree phenomena.
  2. Scrape off the dead stuff and look for the tree response. Doubtful the goo has structural implications, but you don't know until you look.
  3. Joining AA is a great idea for many reasons. Here's a look at tree risk assessment that gives trees a chance. ISA CEU Risk.pdf
  4. "Sod the lawn" that was an attempt at a cross-cultural joke.
  5. Huge girdling root likely played a part in both tree response and vitality.
  6. Depends on your objective. Pollarding would make denser shade in a smaller area--maybe not good for lawn? Thinning would make lighter shade in a larger area. Personally I'd consider letting it grow to full-fullish size. Sod the lawn; what's more valuable?
  7. Up against a wall to trap heat can add a zone or two in that microclimate. Pleaching refers to 2- or 3-dimensional (and often involves branches grafting); espaliering is 2; both defined as types of topiary, in some texts.
  8. The larger roots on the lower side of the image take a turn after the second ring. I wonder why? That white area looks ripe for inspecting, and improving, soil conditions. I'll be asking Santa for that kit.
  9. Is it best to leave it and inspect it every year (and if needed) a reduction to take some weight off the limbs. Right on both counts!
  10. I'd suggest monitoring for signs of cracking that is perpendicular to those seams, and reduce only per need. That is a really odd pattern; I have no better theory than lightning.
  11. I'll be in Edinburgh Scotland Sep 18-19. Where is the best place to see veteran trees well managed?
  12. 6 kg may seem big, but I've weighed over 15 kg of fungus taken from white oaks twice before. Bodnarziewia berkeleyii; not sure that's in the UK. And both trees btw are being reduced and managed, for over 10 years now.
  13. Cherry/hawthorn good for fungistatic properties. If the objective is good establishment of the walnut, then myco/soil from a walnut would be ideal.


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