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RE: Tree poisoning

Subject: RE: Tree poisoning
From: Salisbury, Noel
Date: Jul 06 2006 17:12:24
Diesel is a inflammable petrochemical solution. Mixed with water it with
still be an irritant to people/animals & plants 
& I would take the usual Operative precautions-Wear all-in-one
disposable suits, oil-resistant footwear & rubber-gloves, -
goggles, perhaps even Safety-visors too, in case of ingestion or
eye-irritation. Spray can 'fly' quite a distanceAn ensemble similar to
any Operative applying a Highway Herbicide, I would suggest. Have an
Eye-rinsing solution on-site,too.

All this single ounce of prevention is cheaper than a pound of cure.

Dispersal - yes I would class it as a biohazard ( exactly what the
vandal thought too! ) - and I would bag it up & seal it in oil-resistant
plastic membrane - the use of empty, double-skinned fertiliser bags
would probably be as good as anything 
else to bag-it-up.....then after that, all can suggest is to contact the
Local Council Waste-Disposal Outlet for their disposal advice. I would
be surprised if the amount of diesel expelled into the very-local-area
was anywhere near a single
gallon,if the perpetrator tried to 'sip' it into the bored-holes.  Most
Lorry-Diesel spill on the Highway are greater than that.

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: Wallbank, Alan [mailto:Alan.Wallbank@xxxxxxxx.gov.uk] 
Sent: 06 July 2006 16:56
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Tree poisoning


Noel,

Would the residue from this be treated as biohazardous, and need special
disposal? 

-----Original Message-----
From: Salisbury, Noel [mailto:NSalisbury@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk] 
Sent: 06 July 2006 16:47
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Tree poisoning

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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