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RE: Tree poisoning

Subject: RE: Tree poisoning
From: Chris Wilken
Date: Jul 06 2006 15:16:44
Ron, Ruth, I'm not sure about the flushing with copious amounts of water. I 
understand that this would encourage water uptake by the tree, and therefore 
uptake of the toxic substance. Check out COSHH, there might be something in 
there.

Chris Wilken  

-----Original Message-----
From: Howe, Ron [mailto:Ron.Howe@xxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk]
Sent: 06 July 2006 16:10
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Tree poisoning


Ruth,

I don't think there's much that you can do. A number of substances and 
mediums such as urea are used to soak up and neutralise petroleum fuels, as 
well as sand, wood-flour, gypsum, lime etc. but these tend to work best on 
hard surfaces. Pouring diesel into a hole in the tree is probably not the 
thing that will actually kill the tree, it is the spillage around the root 
area and in the soil. The best way to deal with this would be lots of 
flushing with water and some form of degreaser such as soft soap. I hope this 
helps, but I'm sure someone else may have a solution for you ...

Ron ...

-----Original Message-----
From: Baker,Ruth (Environmental Services)
[mailto:ruth.baker@xxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk]
Sent: Thu, 06 July 2006 15:55
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Tree poisoning


Hi All,

Does anyone know of anything that will neutralise the affects of
drilling holes in a tree and applying diesel? I have a landowner who is
willing to try anything to save a tree on his land that his neighbour
has knobbled. The diesel has been applied within the last few days?

I don't hold out much hope for it myself but any suggestions would be
appreciated.

Thanks
Ruth

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