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Root Rot – Core Sampling


In The Rough

This incident occurred in spring 2009 on one of Whistler’s Golf Courses.

The picture above shows a tree that had collapsed over the winter for no apparent reason. No one had witnessed the tree falling, and no clues were visible indicating the cause. Since the tree was located close to a path, this was of great concern to the owners. Burley Boys Tree Service was called in to investigate.

Core Sampling

The cut-off ends indicated that there was nothing obviously wrong with the tree. It appeared to be in good health and from all appearances, shouldn’t have fallen.

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If there was anything wrong with the tree, it had to be in the roots, and to test this theory, an incremental borer (core sampler) was used.

The core sampler is shown in the picture below along with a sample core that was removed.

Follow Through

After testing it was determined that not only the tree that had fallen, but the other trees in it’s immediate vicinity were all suffering from extensive root damage. The roots had rotten away. Since there was no way to repair this damage, in the interest of public safety, the damaged trees had to be removed.

The three trees circled in yellow on the left in the picture above were all suffering from serious root rot and had to be removed.

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