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Post  Michael T on Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:00 pm

Is chainsaw lubricant toxic to trees? I cut a honeysuckle (lonicera) back and it died shortly thereafter.

Had plenty of green growth below the cut.

Just wondering if it was the chainsaw oil?

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Post  PaulH on Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:57 pm

I've used my chain saw on both branches and roots of pre bonsai material for many with no problems. I suspect something else is the reason.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:42 pm

Can you not use vegetable oil as a chainsaw lubricant? I'm sure I saw my friendly tree surgeon doing just that. I don't think that plants would appreciate a hydrocarbon based lubricant being pushed into their torn up cambium layer.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:09 pm

I'm pretty sure they aren't all that excited about steel teeth biting into their cambium, either!

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Post  EdMerc on Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:11 pm

Jay Gaydosh wrote:I'm pretty sure they aren't all that excited about steel teeth biting into their cambium, either!

Just the thing I was thinking Jay. Laughing

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:19 pm

I suspect that veggie oil would void the warranty, but I can't imagine that any plant that was so large you took a chain saw to it would be killed by the application of the oil to the cut site. I can't even figure how, physiologically, the plant would manage to "suck" the oil into its tissues.

So I'd say no.

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Post  gman on Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:21 pm

JimLewis wrote:I suspect that veggie oil would void the warranty, but I can't imagine that any plant that was so large you took a chain saw to it would be killed by the application of the oil to the cut site. I can't even figure how, physiologically, the plant would manage to "suck" the oil into its tissues.

So I'd say no.
Jim/Michael,
In forestry we use a hack and squirt method to kill unwanted deciduous trees...where the operator uses a small hatchet (or other such cutting tool) to make a cut into the bark and then a herbicide is applied to the freshly cut cambium.
Also when we want to kill a tree without the use of herbicides we cut the tree as low as possible to the ground approximately 60 days after the leave flush (usually around late June/July up here).
So it might/might not have been the oil…..or the timing and how hard it was cut black.!?
Just an idea?
Cheers Graham

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