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How should a lemon tree with yellowing leaves, peeling bark, and small fruit be saved?

Our lovely lemon tree is in trouble... We live in Northern California. Starting mid-last summer our tree began yellowing. We've called an arborist out to the house but the advice has been pretty ...
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Will a cedar tree grow new limbs?

I've got a cedar tree that divided into two smaller trees, and the previous owners tried to keep the twin trunks together by tying a rope around them. The rope eventually strangled one of the trunks, ...
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How can I prevent my arborvitae trees from turning brown and dying every time I plant them? [duplicate]

I have replaced these Arborvitae trees 4 times. They keep turning brown. I cut out parts of the trees behind them, so they would get more sunlight. I Am watering them. Could it be a fungus? How can I ...
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Are my Emerald Arborvitaes recoverable?

I bought 31 thujas a couple of months ago and some of them are really struggling. I installed a drip line a week ago, but am wondering if these trees are completely dead. Here's a bunch of pics: ...
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How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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Can these two trees be identified by photo.

I would like know what these tree are. They are located in San Diego county California. The trees may not be native. Thanks, Jon.
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Why is my new Acer tree dying?

I recently bought a small red Acer and moved it into a more permanent pot. It's about 2 1/2 feet tall and since I've moved it, the leaves have have started to brown and shrivel like a dead leaf would ...
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How fast does a Thuja hedge grow after being burnt?

A fire destroyed about 40cm of the upper part of my Thuja hedge. I have 2 questions: Should I cut off the burnt branches to help regrowth or can I leave it as it is? How long will it take to grow ...
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How do I keep oak trees from sprouting?

I have a lot of nice sized oak trees. I have pin, black, and chestnut. Every once in a while one of them puts out sprouts all over the trunk and starts looking like a green pillar. How do I keep that ...
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How and when to plant young grafted fruit tree?

Our backyard is in a Mediterranean climate (Adelaide plains, South Australia) and we've been gifted a young grafted apple tree which has its root ball still wrapped in plastic. It's about 1.3m (4ft) ...
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How should I transfer swamp oak seedlings from pot to ground?

I have an interesting project going on. I was visiting the 911 Memorial site in NYC last fall. There are many swamp oaks planted on the grounds, and in the footprint of where the twin towers stood. ...
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How do I encourage my plum tree to produce fruit?

I have a victoria plum which I planted almost 3 years ago and hasn't produced any fruit. Last year (1st summer) it produced a small amount of blossom. This year it produced a lot of blossom but no ...
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What kind of tree is this and what's wrong with it?

The developer in my neighboorhood was so kind as to plant trees in everyone's yard. But after 3 or 4 years all but one or two (so probably 180 or so) look scrawny and pathetic. I know nothing of ...
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Why are my honey-locust tree leaves turning yellow in mid-summer?

As hot as it's been I've been worried that the tree was not getting enough water, and it seems with increasing the water amount the leaves have turned even more yellow. How can I tell if I am over- ...
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How can I rescue my tree?

I moved into this house last year, so I've only seen this tree with leaves once and I do not know what kind of tree it is (I live in Iowa). I noticed this spring that the leaves didn't seem to come in ...
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How close should a maple tree sapling be to marked utilities?

Last summer I planted a maple sapling in my yard. I foolishly did this without calling 811. This month I have other work to do and had my utilities marked. When the marking was done I discovered that ...
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Is inosculating trees for shape practical for the home garden?

I've recently discovered a very cool method of tree training in which saplings are trained to a rigid form, and fused (inosculated) at certain points, to become a desired shape. If I follow the basic ...
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How should I prune weeping willow?

I prune a lot of of neighborhood trees, but I've come to a small problem. Some people like their weeping willows high enough that they can walk underneath without brushing it. I had been doing this by ...
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How do you know when a tree has died?

A tree trust planted 2 trees for me along my fence-line. One hasn't budded at all this spring, the other tree has a few small leaves on one of the lowest branches. I have a lot of ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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Can I move a self-seeded oak tree into a pot to keep it small?

An oak has self seeded in our garden. Has got to about a metre tall and seems happy. We don't have anywhere near enough space for an oak but seems a shame to kill it. Can we move it to a pot to keep ...
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What conditions cause trunk sprouts on oak trees?

I asked a similar question here, but something annoying is catching my attention. Almost all of the pin oak trees in my area are sprouting up and down the trunks like crazy this spring, many of them ...
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How do I prevent Ficus tree roots from invading other areas?

How far can I cut back the roots on my Ficus trees and maintain their life? Is this even possible? They are approximately 20 ft in height and 10 yrs old.
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How to deal with suckers on a Bradford Pear Tree?

I have two Bradford Pear Trees at the front of my yard. They were planted ~1997. (The HOA requires all lots in the development to have them.) Little sprouts that keep popping up from the ground ...
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Is staking young trees helpful or harmful?

I frequently see small trees staked with some support twine or rope, presumably to aid against strong winds. However, I've heard or read somewhere that staking small trees can actually be harmful, ...
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How can I save my dying palm tree?

My palm tree started to become yellow in the last couple of months and I don't see any improvement. I've tried with some spike fertilizers for palm trees, but didn't seem to help. Here are some ...
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What are the limits to growing plants hydroponically?

I'm working with a group of artists, educators and engineers to develop new methods for STEM teaching in classrooms and museums. Right now, we are trying to design a room-sized model of the carbon ...
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Why do people paint some tree trunks white at the bottom?

I've seen trees with the lower trunks painted white in a number of places around the world but have never found a definite answer to why this is done. Some suggestions that I've heard are to make them ...
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Is it okay to top a redwood tree?

Our redwood is about 30 years old and about 4 stories high. I would like to shape and top it to keep under control. Would it be fine to top off about 10 or 15 feet and also shape it? A tree trimmer ...
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How should I prune lemon trees?

I have a lemon tree that is 8 years old. I didn't water it enough during its first years, and as a result it's only 2 meters (6 feet) high. How and when should I prune my lemon tree to stimulate its ...
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How should young honey locust trees be pruned?

I have four young (2-3 yrs) Honey Locust trees which seem to be doing very well this year. By that, I mean they've shown lots of growth and the leaves are very green and healthy. The trunks of these ...
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Dwarf Alberta Spruce Winter Burn [duplicate]

I have a Dwarf Alberta Spruce which is showing signs of worse-than-normal winter burn. Not only have the needles on the south side of the tree browned, but the new buds on that side also appear to ...
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What kind of trees can be kept in an apartment?

I live in an apartment and I want to have some indoor trees in my apartment. We have a large window that faces to the north-east and has curtains. What kind of trees can be kept in an apartment?
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questions on deep root fertilization

One of the dog wood trees in my yard does not grow healthy. The tree care professionals recommend the so-called deep root fertilization, and I agree to move on with this operation. Yesterday, ...
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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

I'm buying a bunch of these babies below to create a privacy screen in my backyard. I'm getting young ones and want them to grow as fast as I can make them grow. Is there anything I can do to make ...
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What is happening to the leaves of my avocado?

I have an avocado plant in my outdoors balcony. It's been growing nicely, but there are small brown dots/holes in the leaves for some time now. I don't see anything in the underside of the leaves, and ...
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How do I stop palm trees from sprouting from the side?

My 6-7 year-old outdoor date palm trees are growing side-sprouts, resulting in multiple trunks. How do I prevent this from happening?
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How do I know if an ash tree can be treated for emerald ash borer or needs to be removed?

I have 16 Emerald ash trees that have been hit with the emerald ash borer. While I have seen the ash borer's bore holes and the epicormic sprouting of branches in random places, I question whether or ...
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How to care for a large redwood?

I just bought a home in the CA bay area. My front yard is dominated by a large redwood tree that seems in good health. I really love the way it looks. By large I mean 5-6 stories in height, planted ...
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Does a birch clump need to be trained?

I planted a clump of three birch trees. Do the trunks need to be trained to get the desired spacing or angle as they grow?
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What is wrong with my lemon tree? [duplicate]

Below is a picture of my lemon tree, which now have some sticky web infection. See left corner on the first picture. On the second picture is a close up of something that is being spread from the ...
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What is this plant with the prune tree?

I have planted a prune tree last year and today when I looked at it, I saw it was made of 2 kinds of plants. I am not even sure which one is which. So my questions are: What are these plants? Should ...
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What are these red “quills” on my willow tree?

I just noticed several clusters of red "quills" which sort of look like small buds on the main trunk and the two largest lower branches on my weeping willow tree. The little growths are red and ...
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Are my autumn blaze maple trees dying?

We live in Oklahoma and planted some autumn blaze maple trees last fall. They seemed to come out of dormancy fine and the leaves were nice and green. We planted them in an area that stays pretty ...
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Did this saucer magnolia likely suffer a mortal wound?

This morning my wife told me that the landscapers for my townhouse complex hit a saucer magnolia tree on our property with their truck while doing their work. My wife said that the tree was knocked ...
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What determines the year-to-year growth in girth of any particular tree?

I'm growing some apple trees from seed and started this year. I'm worried that the width of their stems (or trunks, but they're too small to really call them "trunks") is too small in proportion to ...
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Holes in leaves of Yoshino Cherry

I have just started gardening. My first tree purchase was a Yoshino Cherry (Prunus y yedoensis Ivensii). After potting it into a larger pot, it has started to have lots of holes appear in the leaves. ...
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What's causing the bark on my maple sapling to split?

I planted a Maple sapling in my front yard in November 2011, and it hasn't shown very much growth since. It gets leaves during the spring, but they seem to fall off earlier than all the other trees in ...
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Relocating an apple tree - when should this be done?

A long time ago (about ten years), I put some apple seeds in the ground, and now I have an apple tree. The only problem is that it is too close to the neighbour's house, and might do some damage to it ...
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How do I deal with a pine tree infestation?

My pine tree is heavily infested with some kind of white stuff. It looks like some kind of scales or white powder that is covering all the pine needles. Anyone know how to deal with this without ...