East Grinstead

The dreaded Honey fungus strikes again

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There is a grassed area of our garden, always known as “The Orchard”, although in truth it only has a white mulberry and no other fruit trees. We have lost several trees and shrubs over the years - a mature double flowered cherry; a maple; a member of the Cretaegus family and also a mature osmanthus. And here is the reason - the honey fungus, or to give it the botanical name - Armillaria Mellea. We have known about it for years, but this year the weather conditions have been perfect for it to bloom magnificently. There is no chemical treatment possible (there used to be Armillatox but it is now banned). This blooming is on the stump of the felled cretaegous. It looks as if I need to lift the stump and roots completely because it thrives on dead stumps and in damp conditions - both of which are to be found in this north facing shaded area.

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