This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
EDITOR of The Horticulturist: - I notice in your May number a note on the destructive effects of common salt on trees. I apprehend that the injury done is more frequent than is often suspected. Last week an acquaintance called and requested me, as familiar with fruits, to examine his cherry trees in his front door yard, which were dying, while the same varieties in adjoining yards were not only healthy, but in full bloom and vigor. I noticed that the injury was done to four trees, three Black Tartarians and one Elton. Other trees, within sixty feet, had no dead limbs or blackened bark. No insect was to be discovered. At last I suggested - you have four new boarders; they wet at night the roots. The salt in,the solutions of the effete water of the body has done the work. He was incredulous, as the grass was not killed by the salt, yet soon discovered the habit I refer to.
Another man emptied on a sidewalk a half barrel of beef brine. He thought it would do the walk no harm, and it did not; but it killed just the half of a pine shade tree, which was fed by the roots under the gravel village sidewalk. This shows that certain trees are fed by parts of themselves, by roots from certain directions, as the roots from the street gave healthy sap to the part of the tree next the street.
A dog of a visitor had the habit of wetting a pot in which was a fine Orange Tree, whose graft was before full of oranges and blossoms. Since that time, now three years, no fruit or blossoms have appeared, and though the earth has been several times changed, no fresh healthy growth has taken plac9.
So are often plants and trees in and out of doors. We suggest care.
S. J. Parker, M. D.