Surgery On A 250+ Year Old Coast Live Oak
The bark fell off about 6 months ago and revealed the dead tissue that had been decomposed by fungus. Once we began to cut into the diseased tissue we discovered severe fungal decomposition, tremendous insect (termite, earwig etc) damage, a Salamander, and numerous black areas of disease.
After hatcheting & multi-tooling (to smooth the tissue) for over 3 hours we cauterized the surgery and hand sealed with the limewash poultice.
Check out the face of the tree in the last photo!
We will monitor the health of this elder and give updates!