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How to encourage weeping cherry to grow larger

I purchased my Mother two 'Weeping Cherry' trees this year. I've planted them out and they've actually shown a large amount of new growth. I've had new whips growing 2'+ off of them. The plants are ...
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Staking a Weeping Willow

My mother has always wanted a weeping willow and we have a nice spot that won't hold water, but the majority of run-off water from the yard flows past it. So I bought her one and planted it. I babied ...
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dying leaves on Japanese maple: water damage, drought, or disease?

we had this Japanese maple placed last year by our landscaper, and it did well. this year it seemed to be doing well, but we just noticed these scattered branches with a bunch of curled leaves, and ...
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Given a diameter and species, how do I estimate a tree's size and age?

I'm looking for a resource to help estimate the height and age of a tree from its diameter (75+ inch circumference). My property has mature Red Pines and I'd like to estimate their ages and heights. I ...
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Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree

Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree? By the same token will limiting tree size also have an effect on root system size?
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Cedar Damage this winter by my dog [closed]

My dog rubbed off all the lower branches on our 10 foot cedars this winter is there anyway to encourage regrowth? !/Users/dwight/Desktop/IMG_1413.jpg
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How to keep pine trees small

This is a picture inside Montreal's botanical garden at the entrance of the Japanese garden. In this picture we can see 5 small pine like trees along with thyme and rocks. I would like to recreate ...
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What Would Be A Good Shade Tree for Oakville, Ontario, Canada?

Shade Tree questions I'm looking to get a new tree for our backyard to provide a bit more shade throughout the summer. I did some searches around and on this site, got some ideas, but would still ...
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Cacao tree: leaves falling off, some discolored

Note that I'm a complete novice when it comes to gardening and I am asking this question on behalf on my girlfriend. This is a cacao tree. Problem 1. Notice the following discoloration of the leaves: ...
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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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Will a field system being dug near my Norway Spruce have any effect on it?

My neighbors are having a field system dug for their septic system. The digging is just beyond the edge of the drip line of my very tall, 60+ years old, Norway spruce. Will my tree suffer any ...
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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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How to prune a Salix Integra recovering from scale infestation

I just wondered if you could point me in the right direction with regard to pruning my Salix Integra. Im just about to treat it for a scale infestation and could do with some tips. Here's a picture ...
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White spots growing on small tree in UK garden

I've just noticed these white growths on a tree in my garden (UK). Does anybody know what it is, what I should do about it? I believe the tree us a Salix Integra Thanks for your help EDIT: ...
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Why would one of my Prairiefire crabapple trees seem stunted this year?

I planted two Prairiefire Crabapple trees on my front lawn about ten years ago. Each spring, they flower beautifully together, then fruit, then leaves. This year one of them seemed to lag behind. ...
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When should I harvest balsam for balsam bags?

I've found plenty of information about when to harvest balsam for making wreaths, but I really don't care about if the needles stay attached -- I'm actually interested in if there are specific times ...
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Will the roots of my Columnar Yew Tree damage a foundation that's only three feet away?

I have a columnar Yew which currently is about 18 - 20 feet tall with a spread of about 6 feet. What is the root system like for these trees and what effect will/can it have on the foundations of the ...
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My red leaf corkscrew hazel is going green?

I have a red corkscrew hazel: It's in a large pot, and I'm not in a position to plant it out (nor will I be any time soon). However I've noticed that some of the leaves are going green - a lot ...
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What's wrong with my Austrian pine and how can I fix it?

Lack of water is not the problem. We've had a very wet spring here in Chicagoland. Is this due to an unfavorable soil pH or something like that? click on picture for full size
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What is this white stuff growing on this cacao tree's new leaves?

This cacao tree has been growing new leaves. White stuff started appearing on the new leaves today: I have absolutely no knowledge of gardening and am asking this on behalf of my girlfriend - ...
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What is this bush with five-petaled pink flowers?

My wife and I bought a house in the Palm Coast, Florida area. We have a plant growing by the house that the previous owner tried to kill, but could not. We think it is very pretty. We would like to ...
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What are some of the best fast-growing trees for both shade and fruit/nuts?

I want to grow a bunch of trees in my garden for shade. Which trees will grow fast and are also useful for fruits or nuts?. By the way, I am in South India - Chennai (Madras)
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irrigation setup for a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree and 15 foot river birch

I have a newly planted 15 foot cherry tree. I am setting up an irrigation system. How often and how much water should I give the tree? I also have a newly planted 15 foot river birch , same question.
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Can a black pine be dug in late May during candle growth?

We need to have 15 black pines in the 12 - 14' range dug for a client. The nursery says they'd like to wait 3 weeks or more until the candles harden off more. Due to construction and staging ...
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What do I need to do to turn a branch into a tree?

Long story short, I have obtained two branches from a small tree (might have been 8 feet tall, no thicker than that was stripped of its branches by the snow over the winter. I would like to regrow ...
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What is a suitable age for Good Teak tree?

I was just thinking of growing 4-5 teak trees in my backyard garden as an investment. Does any one know whats a good age for a teak tree to be cut down to be sold ? I just figured since we have a ...
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Corkscrew Willow Bark Peeling and Bugs

We have a Corkscrew Willow tree which currently has bark peeling off. We took the rest of the bark off to allow the tree to dry (to prevent moisture in the tree). I was wondering if we need to spray ...
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How can I straighten this crooked tree?

The landscapers left us with this tree which is growing crooked. The trunk is still pretty supple and you can straighten it manually, but it returns to being bent as soon as you let go of it. I ...
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Is this a tiny Bloodgood maple sapling? How should I care for it?

While mowing the lawn yesterday, my husband stumbled across this tiny plant. It's barely two inches tall. Some people down the street have a beautiful large tree that looks like a Bloodgood maple, and ...
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Is this an Ailanthus tree (“tree of heaven”)

Just found this small tree growing on the backside of the property and wanted to know if this can be positively identified. The base of the stems are a fairly bright red that fades to green. I ...
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Ash (fraxinus excelsior) bonsai tree

I wanted to ask you some reference or direct suggestion on how to make a bonsai out of this very young ash (fraxinus excelsior) shoot that I rooted in a pot. Any books, video tutorials, ideas? PS: I ...
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How should I prune a copper beech sapling?

I have a sapling from my parents' copper beech that I dug up from their yard. I planted it in our yard about 3 years ago. It now is about 9" tall and I wonder if I should prune it to force ...
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How should I care for a bonsai Bouganvillea?

I just received a bonsai tree as a gift for Mother's Day and it's losing its leaves. I found the insert information card which says the type of bonsai is "Bougainvillea" At first I had the bonsai ...
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Transplanting an oak that has rooted through bottom of a pot

I need to move an oak tree that has rooted through the bottom of the pot and stands about 8-10 feet tall. It is way too close to the house and must be moved. I know this should be attempted in its ...
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Can I use Castor Tree (Ricinus Communis) wood as firewood?

The castor tree grows quickly here, and within 4 or 5 generations of growth, the branches have lost their pith cavity and become solid. The trunks within a year can be 8 -10 inches in diameter at the ...
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Will I get lemons from a tree grown from a lemon seed?

I have planted seeds of a lemon and want to know, if I have to graft the lemon plant so I can get lemons? Or will they in time grow without grafting?
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My large pine tree is indenting at the bottom of the trunk

My large pine tree is starting to indent near the ground. The bark in some spots can be pulled off easily. The pine tree is the type that branches out. What could the issue be ?
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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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Whats the next step to improving my schefflera?

I have a large schefflera at my work place. I have been given the honor of caring for all the office plants. That's after the last guy half killed some of them. I already lost one and he jokingly said ...
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Could the roots from an apple tree 10m away from my house be causing structural problems?

I have a fairly large apple tree in my garden approximately 10m from my house. It stands about 8m high. I have started getting cracks in my back 2 rooms and patio. is it likely to be the roots and ...
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What is wrong with my apple trees?

This is on some of my apple trees, can someone help me? What is going on and how do I treat it. Thanks
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Dead Dogwood post-mortem: How to ensure these next plants do better in clay

This question is accompanied by this previous question... Dead Dogwood trees, dug up with steel wire cage around the roots? So clearly my two dead Dogwood trees didn't do so hot in clay. The ...
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Will black knot fungus harbor in the roots of a recently cut down tree and infect another tree planted in its place?

I purchased a house last November with a beautiful tree in the front yard. I don't know what breed it was, but I believe that it might have been a type of plum tree. (see photo at bottom) ...
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All our garden plants appear to be dying

I have a red Acer tree about two to three feet tall, two Hydrangeas and a Buddleia all of which appear to be dying, leaves shrivelling up. We have just returned from a week away and are horrified to ...
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Did my Dogwood die because it was planted with wire around the roots?

I hired a less than spectacular gardener to do a brand new landscaping job for my house after it was built about 3 years ago. Since then almost half of the 30 some plants and trees he had put have ...
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Saving a Tree With Frost Damage

I have a friend who left a Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) sapling out in the cold and snow a few months ago. It's still alive- it has some green needles still- but it's slowly getting browner and ...
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How should I trim back a neighbor's Japanese red maple bush?

My neighbor's Japanese red maple bush (tree) is hanging over my yard line and I'm planning on putting a fence up soon. I have to trim it back and here in Pennsylvania it is my legal right to do so, ...
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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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Crepe Myrtle and Pink Magnolia Trunk Question

I have a question about two of the trees in my yard. I have the same issue and question about crepe myrtles and pink magnolias. I have two of each in my yard and they all have multiple trunks coming ...
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

Here is what my Meyer Lemon Tree looks like: No leaves anymore. Is there a chance that it will ever revive itself?