October Meeting Report

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It was heads down and a concerted effort at the meeting as we applied ourselves to a practical project that was equally enjoyable too.  First we had an introductory talk.

The topic was larches with club member Peter sharing his experiences with this species.  He brought in one of his trees which was a thug of a specimen (his words).  This Larix decidua/European Larch is approximately 80 years old, and certainly has history.  It was big, heavy, craggy and indicating its age with deadwood on the trunk.  Unfortunately it

was not at its best. During our very hot summer this year, both his larches had suffered.  In spite of extra tender loving care with shading and increased hydration, they struggled and sulked and were not happy at all and needles had grown long.  The European variety is coarser, slow growing and develops a characteristic splitting bark. The more refined looking…

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