honey mushrooms? :(
These were popping up in several areas of the back yard, more specifically at the base of our holly which, out of three beautiful trunks when we bought the house, 2 were already on their way out. The first was dead dry in the center and easy to cut. The bark had peeled off and cracked all the way around to about 5' up. About two months ago we had to cut off the second gorgeous trunk as it went the same way as the first.
I'm worried this is caused by the honey mushrooms. Not only was the holly looking drab when we bought the place, but we also had three already dead or dying trees that we took out. Same thing, cracked dry trunks with peeling bark.
If it's the mushroom, which I highly suspect, is there anything I can do to get rid of them? Anything I can so to save the last holly trunk? Is it too late?
(Note: at the moment we are tight on $$, so an arborist is out.)