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Marqed97 09-10-2013 07:45 PM

Is this tree done for?
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Hello all...
We've been in our house for 3 years, and this tree has always looked bad. The bark is peeling and it just looks sick compared to the 2 in our neighbor's yard. Not sure what kind of tree it is. Any ideas? I'll answer any questions that'll help. We live in NW WI.

Marqed97 09-10-2013 07:48 PM

To add:

Mainly, I'd just like to cut it down if its on its way out. I'll have a dumpster here in a few weeks anyway, so...yeah. Particulars are clay soil, that spot of the yard gets good moisture, and I think it's an ornamental of some kind but I'm not sure at all.

Thanks for any insight!


chrisn 09-11-2013 02:44 AM

Cannot tell anything from the pics, but I would have a tree expert person come and look at it. It should cost you nothing to find out.

mrwoodty 09-12-2013 09:27 AM

What planet do you live on, everything is purple. lol

oh'mike 09-12-2013 09:59 AM

Just a wild guess--that's a fruit tree from the speckled bark---and the bulge at the base might be caused by a forgotten wire or strap the the tree grew around.

You may want to replace it---that's not healthy looking and if it's been girdled at the base---it will never regain it's health.

747 09-12-2013 12:24 PM

go rent a chain saw and drop it. Cut branches off. My city pulls the shredder around once a week and picks up branches. Then rent a stump grinder your done. Some dirt and lawn patch.

Marqed97 09-12-2013 08:26 PM

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Thanks, all. I'm going to drop it. I work for the city here and I'm sure they'll stop by with the shredder and grab it. Our tree crew is in the middle of cutting and shredding hundreds of ash trees due to an infestation of the fabled Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. looked purple because I took the pictures around sunset. My fault! These might be better:

oh'mike 09-13-2013 05:07 AM

One other possible cause of that damage at the base----weed whacker---

Next tree you plant---keep the lawn back from the trunk and use mulch around it---

PoleCat 09-13-2013 08:37 AM

Looks like a crab apple. I agree that it looks girdled at the base. I would not saw it off at the base however. Trees that size are too easy to extract by digging them out stump and all. Trim off all the branches but leave the main trunk tall to provide leverage. Cut the roots with an ax and pull the trunk "around the clock". You'll be surprised how easy it comes out. Save the stump grinder for serious stumps.

oberkc 09-13-2013 12:23 PM

Crabapple is my guess, as well.

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