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Old 08-06-2018, 12:35 AM   #1
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DeezTrees: Dead or Alive?


Hey everyone,

This is the current situation of the two trees in the front yard. They weren't in good shape when I moved in 8 months ago. I've been watering them regularly.

What should I do to save them?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 08-06-2018, 04:37 AM   #2
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Unless you are in an arid climate, normal rainfall will take care of trees. Your location is not specified in your profile. This winter, trim 1/3 of all the limbs, trying to cut all the scraggly ones you see now. That will give the new growth a way to produce.
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Sorry about that, I didn't realize. I'm in Houston, TX.

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Not an arborist here. Do a close inspection for insects or worms on the trees. Break one of the bare limbs and see if it is dry and brittle or does it still has flexibility and soft inner core ? If dry and brittle the trees may be goners. If still greenish with live cores, may be just an attack of insects or leaf disease etc.

Only an arborists could tell from here, maybe one from your local State Agriculture Extension office ?. The arborist I called at our AE office came out and gave our black cherry tree that is 60 ft. tall, the death diagnosis.

He just looked at the dying limbs and stuck a scratch awl in the tree a inch deep easily and said, Yep, she is a goner, there may be 5- 10 years or more left in her, before she needs cut down or falls down from a storm."
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Hey everyone,

This is the current situation of the two trees in the front yard. They weren't in good shape when I moved in 8 months ago. I've been watering them regularly.

What should I do to save them?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers!
Give a closeup picture of the trees' leaves, etc., maybe with your hand in the picture for scale. What they are will help determine what you need to do.

I ran a garden shop a long while back, and people often plant things from home when they move far from it, with bad results for the plants.

If you've solved your problem, share the solution with the rest of us.
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Once again location does nothing but satisfy inquiring minds.
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Here is an anecdote for you.

I bought and moved into a home, that had a beautiful honey locust sapling planted in the front yard, watered and tended it for three years, but it died anyway, so I went to dig it up and replace it.

I found that the danged realtor had placed that tree as a ruse, they did not even take the bag off the poor thing and give it a chance, it died from having no space to grow into.

Your trees look to be having similar difficulties.

Before they die, dig around the base, to see if the bag is still around the root ball, and if it is, get it out of the way, let the trees have a chance to grow.



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Once again location does nothing but satisfy inquiring minds.
In gardening, as in real estate, it's location

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A solution for Arizona might bomb entirely in the Louisiana bayou. Or Cleveland, or triple vice versa.
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