Heart Rot In Trees
Heart Rot in trees is actually caused by a fungi which have found it’s way inside the tree through open wounds and exposed wood. Once you see something like a mushroom or conk sticking out, its one of the first signs that there is an infection of heart rot in your tree.
In terms of prevention, as long as your tree is healthy, watered and fertilized regularly, then infection will have a very hard time spreading. It’s at this point that you shouldn’t have to worry about something like Heart Rot. However if your tree is weakened, not growing, then the fungi will have the chance to spread. This is usually due to severe wounds from improper tree pruning, decay or weather damage.
Heart Rot is just one of those things that can be minimized by proper pruning techniques early on in your tree’s life. By constantly pruning dead, diseased, broken or rubbing branches, you can reduce the chances of this from ever occurring.