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Hi and hopefully someone can help advise me. I have looked at a large sycamore today with a number of cavities from previous wounds. The wood is growing really well to heal up the holes but water is getting in and most of the heartwood is rotten. I could push my metal probe through to the sapwood on the other side of the tree. There were around three cavities that had black rotten wood inside and the lowest was also oozing a brown sludge along with water that is collecting. I'm reading though my books but struggling to know whether this tree is likely to be safe. The main trunk is rotten inside but the growth as you can see around the cavities is really good. The canopy is nice and tight with very little dead wood and overall looks healthy. Any advice here would be much appreciated.
Hello, I am brand new to this forum and know very little about trees - or nature! I am a playwright researching heartwood and heart-rot, specifically in trees found in Scotland, where my play is set. This is my sixth play. I would be most grateful if anyone could help answer some questions to ensure I get my facts right and do all tree-lovers proud with this play; I've found this process a fascinating one with the research I have done so far and value any tips or support you good people can offer. Hope to hear from you! Paul L Martin
I know it's bad for the tree, and probably spells the death nell for the tree... but, hypothetically, if you had to take a large limb of at a critical point of the tree, eg. main trunk, the rot will start setting in before the wound wood can do it's stuff... what is the reckoning of painting the heartwood with arbtex(? or what ever it was, before my time) up to around 15 years worth of growth rings, short of the edges? The idea is to protect the heartwood, but not go to the edges with the protective paint, thus allowing the pathogens to move freely, so the wound wood would meet the arbtex in a shorter time thu saving the heartwood form rotting. If I haven't explained this well, I could maybe draw a picture Thoughts please... pro's and con's