Tree hollow, cement it or drain it?


Heart rot has already started and that is why there is a hollow there in the first place. So no matter what you do the rot will continue. These rots are slow and the tree may survive for many years to come. The tree is structurally compromised such that limbs or the entire tree could come down in future storms. So if limbs are over houses, etc., consider pruning those in the future.

The options are to do nothing, to try and prevent water from getting into the tree, or to drain the water out. Cement can be problematic, especially in the future when someone needs to use a chainsaw to cut it down. Please do not use cement.

The easiest solution would be to drill a hole at an angle from below to drain out the water. It will injure the tree, but the rot has already started.

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