Pam - gardengal ( firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
: Not sure what site in specific you are referring to, but there are many that
: discuss root rots occurring as the result of over-irrigating - this is
: probably the number one cause of fatalities in mature trees, not, as many
: folks think, drought. Established conifers, specially those which are
: summer drought tolerant natives of the west coast such as Doug fir and
: Lawson cypress, need NO supplemental irrigation and automatic sprinkler
: systems, like those in public parks, need to be zoned very carefully so as
: not to overwater. And I'm sure you can encounter equally as many sites that
: will address crown root rots from either excessive mulching around trunks or
: the situation you describe.
: Both of these are pretty commonly known situations by anyone with a
: horticultural background, certainly at least someone in your parks
: department - were you looking for the site for documentation of the problem
: or just curiosity?
Yes, documentation. I found a site that discussed the very specific
situation we have in our parks, where above-ground sprinklers
spray water onto the trunks of mature trees and keep at least one
metre of the trunk wet for three months of the summer. But it has
disappeared from my links.
As for seeking help from the horticulturists in the parks dept.,
they can't get rid of the conifers fast enough. Given half a
chance, they'd have a faller's convention in our municipal parks,
and have their pick-ups lined up for the firewood.