How to detect and treat conks
Tree conks are a fungal nuisance that can affect any tree by decomposing the interior hickory. They are basically a fungus that can easily spread and are typically found on trees, fallen logs, stumps, and even structural lumbers. A tree conk is basically a mushroom that is white, gray brown or in some cases a yellowish color. Unlike most mushrooms that are soft, and even squishy, these are very hard. There are many different types of fungus and while most of them appear on already decaying wood, others decay the wood of a healthy tree. Like many tree diseases, they can be damaging to the environment.
This type of tree fungus will appear in different sizes, shapes and texture, however it is not difficult to identify them the fungus, they are mushroom like intrusions that attack the tree, the stump or the branches. They are not attractive additions to the tree but rather take away from their natural beautiful appearance.
When a one is noticed, there is a strong likelihood that the tree is already suffering from some form of dead wood. A tree suffering from dead wood can be dangerous in many ways. Some branches may be rotted and poise a threat and should be removed.
Fertilizer and water are like vitamins to any tree and become important for them to resist the spread o fungus. A dry untreated tree is more like to see the conks rapidly spread over a tree that has been well maintained, watered and fertilized with low nitrogen fertilizer. In addition, just like we give ourselves annual check-ups or we take our pets for their annual check-ups there are care kits that can be used annually to stimulate the tree’s vitality. These steps are good for preventing the conks.
If you notice that your tree or trees are developing conks the best thing to do is first, remove the fungus. Once it has been removed, the area and surrounding area should be sprayed with a fungicide to prevent it from re-occurring. Agri-Fos Systemic Fungicide is an aggressive treatment to slow down the growth and spread of tree conks. The fungicide should be applied every two to three weeks for a minimum of three months. Do not be conservative in your treatment, spray the surrounding trees as well as the fungus can and will spread.
There are many tree diseases that result in the death of trees, or the negative appearance of the tree that can be avoided by routine maintenance. Many arborists are can help with treating tree conks and other tree diseases that can ultimately destroy the tree.