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Slime flux at Base of Oak Tree

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From: Marge Overlot
City:
Bethany, IL
Is there a way that I might spray the 1 foot across and down area of the slime flux with a solution of clorox to clear out the odor? Also, could I place some lime on it to help the tree in some way? Please advise me about this. The beautiful tree is close to 60 years old. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANSWER. Marge Overlot

 
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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
jhayek@illinois.edu
Hi Marge:

There are no known treatments for slime flux and bacterial wetwood. Therefore, lime is not going to "cure" anything.

As a temporary measure, you can hose down the fetid area and follow-up with a < 10% spray solution of bleach.

 
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