Today’s date is September 18, 2018. Hurricane Florence is still flooding the lowlands of North Carolina. Some areas in Charlotte or close by had 10 inches. At my home I had 6 and 3/4 inches of rain.
This page was started several years ago, and things have changed in many ways. I gave a program in February 2015 about Aging trees, and stated many of the same things that were originally on this page. May I suggest that you refer to several links that should bring you more up to date about the status of our Trees, both city and private.
Those links are Ganoderma, Inonotus, A Case History, The flyer that introduced the program on Aging Trees. Lastly the page I started and is still a work in progress about our Aging Tree problems.... What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Their Aging Trees. There is still some editing to be done on the Link About Aging Trees. We had a video made of the presentation, and in time hopefully the program will be posted on this web site.
Where we are today is the realization that I have been in the tree business for a very long time, and I think I have some knowledge that I would like to share with a larger number of people then those who visit this site at the present time. I am retired and still keep abreast of what is going on in the tree maintenance industry. I live in a neighborhood that is loaded with massive willow oaks as street trees as well as a more varied mixture in the yards of residences and businesses. I am still called upon to give advice on tree issues.
The willow oak is prone to getting Inonotus drayadus and along with other fungi is the primary reason that these large trees fall in storms.