What You Should Know About Honey Fungus in Layman’s Terms
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Now is the time to reduce the very real risk of attack of a garden killer by removing all degradable organic debris—and that also includes tree stumps.

The following is meant as an overview of this dreaded fungus, and not as a technical writing.  Organic garden refuse is the food of fungus, and more specifically, of honey fungus (armillaria mellea). There are at least a dozen known varieties of this fungus throughout temperate and tropical climates.  Here in the UK, and so it seems especially so in the Anglian region, h.f. naturally lurks within soils throughout this area. Fungi is natures dustbin by rotting and breaking down organic matter.  Honey fungus, takes it a step further.  Once It gets a hold in your garden, it rapidly spreads beneath the soil  strangling and then feeding upon the root systems of virtually any plant or tree within its ever expanding reach. Indeed it can cover an entire field, to be considered as natures largest living organism.

H.F. spreads by sending out a network of white thread like tendrils called rhizomorphs, commonly called boot laces when it may change colour on contact with air as it travel up the base of a tree under its bark.  Rhizomorphs are its way of seeking out food sources, and can extend themselves at a rate of one meter per year.  These “boot laces” have the ability to penetrate and strangle root systems creating its own food supply, while spreading further and further until entire trees and plants are consumed while expanding throughout your garden.  Discovery of these “boot laces” at an early stage is very important.  It will allow you to take action before they send up fruiting bodies (mushrooms).  Any sign of their mushrooms means it has become well established in your garden, and will be extremely difficult to control. (You will never actually get rid of it once it reaches that stage).  Each year you should check for flattened rhizomorphs beneath any loose tree bark at its base. Rhizomorphs appear pale yellow or red when first exposed to air, then turn brown to black. Have your tree examined by a qualified tree surgeon.

Taking such a pro-active approach at an early stage cannot be over emphasised. Honey fungus  is not selective of which gardens it will attack.  Vigilance with elimination of  tree stumps, dead wood, and any other degradable debris laying about is the recognized method, as prevention is far easier than cure.  Take a hint from the experts.  The Forestry Commission who manages Thetford forest —not far from my door step—spend a great deal of time and effort uprooting tree stumps after harvesting a forest sector for its timber.

Get rid of your tree stumps NOW!!  Call Mike Lish at Blitz-A-Stump 07931754142 or  info@blitz-a-stump.co.uk

Mike Lish
Mike Lish
An electro-mechanical technician and specialist in tree stump grinding over the last 17 years.

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