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RE: Tree poisoning

Subject: RE: Tree poisoning
From: Salisbury, Noel
Date: Jul 06 2006 15:47:35
I would have thought that a water-jet would flush-out the diesel from
the holes.  Prevent this solution of water/diesel
from soaking into the surrounding soil where the
moisture/nutrient-absorbing roots are, in the top 60 cms.By utilising
some sort of 'sponge'. 
These 'surface' roots should not be in the immediate vicinity of the
trunk, but begin instead at'some distance' away from the trunk.  Place
the tempary physical barrier in between.
Use absorbent waste-materials designed to mop-up Oil-Spill in
Garages,Highways etc etc .  I  would think waste cotton,
shredded newspaper, timber-yard wood-shavings, wood-chip -- laid-down as
a barrier whilst any 'blasting' is carried out.
Watch the pressure whilst 'blasting' or one may bring-off MORE bark & do
more harm than good.  Rake & dispose of the
water/oil/waste-whatever mixture a.s.a.p. afterwards.

Noel Salisbury
Landscape/Technical Officer
Grounds Maintenance Unit
City Contract Services
White Lund Depot
White Lund Road
Morecambe
LA3 3DT
 
Tel:01524 - 582471
E-mail:-  nsalisbury@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Wilken [mailto:CWilken@xxxxxxxxx.gov.uk] 
Sent: 06 July 2006 16:13
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Tree poisoning


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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