Saturday, August 24, 2013

Old Habits Never Die

"Old Habits Never Die," such as the marking of dead and or dying trees on the golf course. The Black/Red Oaks pictured above were killed by the persistent and opportunistic Oak Wilt Fungus.  The fungus multiplies in the vascular bundles of the trees clogging the arteries preventing the uptake of water and nutrients. White Oaks "tolerate" fungal attack barely.  Wood County is classified as a hot spot for this disease.  The fungus is spread by the wind and invades the trees through open wounds caused by storm damage or saw cuts at the wrong time of the year. (April through October.) The fungus can be moved into new areas in firewood.  It is recommended that firewood piles be covered using plastic tarps to minimize the fungal spread by wind.
The marking of trees to be removed by us in the "off season" has become habitual to us.  "The Dead Tree Rolls" tally as of 8/16/2013 is:  (Who needs Imprelis?)
Bull's Eye
  • 39 Oaks
  • 10 Pine
Tri City
  • 16 Oaks
  • 15 Pine
Doing the math, that makes 55 Oaks and 25 Pines that need to be removed after the leaves finish falling and the grass stops growing this fall.  Tree removal is done in house by us usually beginning in November until the time snow becomes too deep to move about the course. _Mk