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What are the best practices for keeping trees healthy in a construction area?

I frequently see trees that are in construction areas where roots have to be pruned or grade changed. What practices are most likely to keep trees healthy in the long term where there is root or ...
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What is this bonsai tree with serrated elliptic leaves and why has it lost all its leaves?

My son bought me a bonsai tree for Father's day in June last year. It grew new leaves and shoots for a while and has been watered regularly. It has now dropped all its leaves and there does not seem ...
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Has my Japanese Maple completely died?

I moved my Maple tree from a pot and planted it in my garden over a year ago. Since the leaves shriveled and died the tree seems to also have dried out and is not producing new buds, has it died ...
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How can I save a branch injured by wind stress?

Our landlord planted a beautiful Santa Cruz Hibiscus in the front yard, Zone 9b, its natural habitat more or less, which grew into a small tree. The main trunk has a nice iron rod stake. Of the three ...
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How do I recover an avocado plant that shriveled while I was away for a week?

We have an avocado plant grown from the seed and it was doing very well until we went on a 1 week holiday. Although we watered it before we left, we came back to a plant with shriveled up and drooping ...
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Christmas tree of unknown species

Last week I was given a tiny conifer(?) "dressed up" as miniature Christmas tree. Not a bonsai in the strict sense, rather a quite young evergreen species. Of course it came without a label and with ...
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Can I trim my canary palm trunk or is it a lost cause?

Below is a canary palm in my front yard: I had a tree trimming service some out and trim away the branches. They didn't do anything to the trunk though - I asked them to come back out, and the guy ...
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What to do with this palm tree?

This palm tree has been grown in my parents' yard for more than a decade (perhaps two). I'm not sure of its identification. It has grown a lot (perhaps too much, for the surrounding space), and, ...
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Dwarf Apple tree in heavy clay

Today I planted an apple tree grown on dwarfing rootstock (M27). The soil at my allotment is very heavy yellow clay. But it's on a decent slope. I dug a hole the depth of the container in which it ...
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How can I manage a weeping willow with a broken branch?

I have a very mature weeping willow in the front garden which was well balanced and with the recent storm one of the main branches broke off. I noted that branch had a weakness, due to rotting from ...
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Will my avocado tree produce fruits in my non-tropical climate region?

I have successfully germinated an avocado seed and am now willing to bring it outside and plant it in the soil. I live on the coast in Northern Portugal, so we never get negative temperatures. ...
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How to understand if my tree's roots are girdling

Some time ago I planted the dwarf (M27) apple tree shown and described in this question. At the time of planting, I am afraid I didn't dig a very wide hole, just twice the lateral size of the pot in ...
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Are unmulched leaves any good for my tree?

I have an old Silver Maple tree in my front yard. Can I just rake the leaves to a bunch under the tree trunk, without mulching? Will it have a similar fertilizing effect to mulched leaves, or will it ...
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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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What should I do about this sagging mandarin tree?

My mandarin tree started sagging when its fruit started coming in. Now most of the branches are sagging. My suspicion is that it was allowed to get too tall. I've roped it to minimise the chance of ...
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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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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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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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Should trees be staked when they are planted?

Horticultural practices do change and research can be a driving force. It wasn't too long ago that standard practice to stake a new tree was a six foot T bar and and a strand of wire. Should all ...
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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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Can I plant my maple seedling in the fall months?

I have a maple seedling about a foot tall. It has not been planted in the ground yet, but it has changed color to its fall colours. It's is in a small pot. Since I may have missed the window to plant ...
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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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Can I get rid of sap stains on my mulberry tree?

My mulberry tree was leaking sap earlier and it left ugly black stains down the trunk. The tree has deeply furrowed bark. Can I remove this?
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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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Is this fig tree disease or just malnourished?

My folks in Berkeley, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) showed me their young fig tree the other day to see if I could figure out what was wrong with it, but I wasn't certain. I searched here (during title ...
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Unlucky with maples every single time I plant them

I have tried several times to grow maples. Every time, something has gone wrong and they didn't survive. I always make sure the seed is viable(In other words I can feel the seed inside the pod) ...
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Can I water indoor fruit trees with aquarium water?

I have kiwi, lemon, orange, mandarin and avocado trees, grown from seed from normal fruit which I have eaten. I also have an aquarium with turtle. I've treated aquarium water with ReptoSafe and ...
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Fig Tree Roots - Far Northern Edge of Range

So, my official zone is too cold (4B) for even hardy figs, but I have a patch of microclimate on the south side of my house that I would guess could be as much as a full zone higher than the rest of ...
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Why are the leaves of my fig trees drying and falling off?

I have several fig trees. They seem to be contracting some sort of illness - there's always one or two of them whose leaves dry and fall off completely. This does not seem to correspond at all ...
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How can I revive a tree that's been stripped of bark?

I've got what I think is a cedar tree in my backyard that is missing most of its bark on one side from the ground to about 4' up. (Thanks to my puppy who is a shredding machine.) The branches next to ...
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Why does my tree have splitting bark, dripping sap, and dead branches?

Our builder planted this tree, and I have no idea what kind it is. The bark seems to split and a lot of sap runs out of the tree. Since I don't know what kind of tree this is, I haven't been able to ...
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Are lichens healthy for trees?

I've always thought lichens were neutral to tree health, and I think they are attractive, but someone recently told me to get rid of them, because they will cause rot and harbor disease. Do they ...
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Accidentally pulled fruit spurs during harvest

I was harvesting cherries and wasn't aware until after that I should NOT pull off the fruit spurs. I harvested quite a bit. I feel bad. Is the damage permanent? Will they grow back?
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What methods can be used to apply an antifungal to the interior of a tree?

Diseases such as the Blue Stain Fungus infect trees from the inside out due to inoculation by host insects. Are there any effective/standard methods for applying antifungal compounds to infected ...
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Tree growing back after being removed

Our tree snapped into last spring and we had it removed and they ground it I believe with a machine. I saw what I thought was a weed growing in it's place two month's ago which was about 2 to 3 ...
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Can a big compost pile around its base kill my tree?

Will I kill a big birch tree if I put all my grass clippings around the base? The clippings (from 2 acres of grass) are now 2 feet deep around the tree. I have been told it will heat up and cause the ...
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How far (on average) do tree roots extend out from the base of the tree?

I a looking to plot out my new garden site for next year and am wondering how far I need to be away from some nearby trees. The trees are a few different types (apple, oak, pine etc.) and anywhere ...
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Why is my lemon tree dying?

My mature lemon tree is having problems. It always produced LOTS of lemons. Since I trimmed off some dead branches a year and a half ago it produces only a handful. Also, and probably more important, ...
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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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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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Can I save this tree?

I think it's a peach tree if it matters. Most of the top branches are dead, as seen in the picture. The only live branches are sprouting very close to the gound. Is there any way to save it and get it ...
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Pepper tree suffering, leaves drying out at the tops, apparently from cold and wind

We have a pepper tree, about 7 to 8 feet tall, that has never been totally well but this winter it started doing especially badly. It appears weak in general, and it is drying out from the tops. In ...
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Flowers are growing on the inner branches only

Some flowers appeared on the inner branches of a tree. What type of tree/flower is it? Should I trim on the outside? What else do I need to do to promote its growth? Will the flowers also grow on the ...
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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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Why are my avocado's leaves drying out from the edges?

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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Questions About a Sycamore Maple

I just bought a house that has a Sycamore maple in the backyard. My questions are: What is the life span for this particular type of tree? when is a good time of year to trim the branches and a ...
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Is there a way to save this half-dead evergreen tree?

I just moved into a home and this tree is planted in the yard. Half of it seems to be in good shape but the other half has no leaves and seems dead. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can do to save or ...
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How should I deal with my willow tree that has been butchered by the council?

This willow tree was pruned, and cut back to stump. I believe that whoever was cutting the tree didn't know what he was doing. Today we returned home and were hugely shocked. The willow tree was ...
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Why is my avocado tree dying and how can I reverse it?

I live in the San Francisco Bay area of California. My avocado tree is about 50 years old. It has produced for about 35 years, some years better than others. In our area we are experiencing our fourth ...
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...