I have an oak in the Bay Area that is oozing liquid from the trunk base. Should I test it for SOD? If so, how?

When trying to determine if an oak may have SOD (caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum), the first step is to determine if the tree lies within 1 km of a known outbreak.  This can be done by accessing SODMAP at www.sodmap.org or by uploading the free “SODMAP Mobile” app to your smartphone.  Stand next to […]

How long can Phytophthora ramorum survive in wood chip mulch?

Survival of P. ramorum (SOD pathogen) in wood chips depends on a few factors: Were the chips allowed to become wet? What size are the chips? Is green waste present? What time of year was the wood chipped? Where in California are the chips located? Chips that are piled wet or tarped and include infected […]

When will the 2016 SOD Blitz and training sessions be held?

SOD Blitzes include a training session for blitz volunteers on SOD and proper sampling, followed by time in the field  for collecting and marking sample locations. All necessary collection materials are provided to volunteers during the training session for use either the same day of the training or the day after. All samples are to […]

When treating large oak trees with phosphonate, is it more effective to topically apply or inject the material?

Injections may be better for large trees with a regular shape, while topical applications may be better for large, irregular, gnarly trees.

What temperature range is acceptable for treating oak trees with phosphonate?

In order to obtain maximum efficacy with oak phosphonate treatments, minimum temperatures should not be below 50 ºF. Maximum daytime temperatures should be higher than 60 ºF, but not exceed 85 ºF.    

Do azomite fertilization and lime wash treatments help control SOD?

Based on the study published by the UC Berkeley Garbelotto lab in California Agriculture (http://nature.berkeley.edu/garbelotto/downloads/calag2009.pdf), azomite and/or lime washes alone are not effective in controlling SOD.

Will the spray application for SOD prevention be updated like the injection application was?

While phosphonate injections to help control SOD are now recommended once every 2 years, spray applications should still be applied to the bark of oak trees annually.

Bark beetles are attacking my oak. Will they kill the tree? What should I do?

Once bark beetles attack the main stem (trunk) of an oak, the tree is on its way out.  Insecticide treatments will not save it. Oak beetles are attracted to trees that are severely compromised.  They cannot attack healthy trees. The correct approach to avoid bark beetle infestations is not to apply insecticides, but rather to […]

How often should SOD phosphite treatments be applied?

If SOD phosphite treatments are being applied by injection November 1st – December 15th, data has shown that treating every 2 years is sufficient. When preparing the injections, be sure to use the most current dosage recommendations as they have recently been updated. Current recommendations can be found at http://nature.berkeley.edu/garbelottowp/?page_id=2345. The new dosages are significantly […]

Does phosphonate act as a vaccine, keeping trees from getting SOD?

Phosphonate is only intended to be used on trees that do NOT have sudden oak death (SOD). Once a tree is infected, it is of no use. It helps to boost the tree’s own immunity system against the pathogen. So, if a tree is very susceptible to P. ramorum (the pathogen that causes SOD), then […]

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