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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?
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How to stimulate basal growth in a tree?

On my street lots of trees have a big burl at the base. Is there a technique to "encourage" trees to develop it?
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White spruce problem (yellow needles)

I bought this small spruce for Christmas (the label said it will grow up to 1m tall), it's a Picea Glauca 'conica'. I recently replanted it in a bigger container, because it looked quite ...
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Is there a way to straighten an older tree that started crooked?

I have a pecan tree that is about 6 years old that is growing about 5 degrees off vertical. I've tried to stake it several times but to little effect. Currently I have a ratchet strap trying to pull ...
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Have I damaged my apple tree by cutting off a root?

I have just had an asbestos garage removed, and am having a shed put up in its place. The concrete base to the garage was cracked right through by my apple tree roots, the concrete has been removed ...
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Pruning overgrown pear tree

I just moved to a new house and discovered I have a few fruit trees. At the end of fall I found a pear on one... Looked to me like a Bosc pear but not sure. I want to bring it back and hopefully enjoy ...
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Where, when, and how can I plant magnolia trees?

I'd like to plant a magnolia tree at the edge of the garden where it meets the concrete of an adjacent parking lot. There is clear morning sun. Light from the South and West is somewhat obstructed by ...
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What is this shrub/tree with small green drupes in southern Texas?

I'm hoping someone can help me identify this shrub/tree. We recently purchased this property and are still trying to figure some plants out. We live in deep south Texas, zone 8/9 but there are many ...
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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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Bonsai from tree cuttings

Is there a way to make a bonsai from a normal tree cutting (not from a bonsai cutting)? I was just thinking for instance of making a bonsai maple from a normal size field maple, or ash, etc. What ...
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Growing trees from seed & cuttings

I would like to learn and compare the different methods to grow trees from seeds. I found a good website (http://treegrowing.tcv.org.uk/grow), and one book, but the latter seems to be good for ...
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Is it too late to plant my avocado plant in soil?

I have had my avocado plant in water for 6 months now on my window sill and it has grown to be about 30cm. However the bottom leaves are hanging and have slight brown spots, the second set of leaves ...
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Can trees be propagated from cuttings without roots or leaves?

It's well known that many tree species can be propagated by taking stem cuttings. It's also well known that many tree species can grow new stems and leaves after having the trunk cut. My question ...
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white material on roots of apple tree?

When I dug up a young apple tree to move it to a sunnier location, I noticed some sort of white material on the roots. Is this cause for concern?
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Index of photoperiods

I planted a Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood) sapling today, and I was wondering how many hours of daylight the little guy needs. I found this answer, which mentioned photoperiods of different ...
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Can I allow a pine tree to share root space with a group of birch trees? If not, which should I cut down?

I have a group of birch trees, with a pine growing in the midst of them, in my front yard. My friend is telling me the pine must be cut down to save the birches. I see her concern, however: I think ...
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How can I help my young mulberry tree grow a thicker stem?

I have my young mulberry tree, which is a little more than a year old. I grew it from a seed, and have it indoors in a large pot at the moment. It is growing tall and thin, needs a stick to support ...
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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I have an almond tree on a house I purchased. The tree looks very old and the large bulk of it didn't have much green - looked very dead. It was growing sideways and near the base of the tree some new ...
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What does 'standard' mean when referring to shrubs and vines?

I often see shrubs and vines for sale labeled as 'standards'. What does that mean? Examples: Roses Rose of Sharon Trumpet Vine Wisteria And so on.
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What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a?

In the early summer of 2014, I was on vacation in Pine Grove (PA), and saw this large plant by the side of the road. It is huge. For scale, the pokeweed in the pic is about 7' tall. This weed is ...
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Should I remove brown, cap-shaped Birch Polypore mushrooms from my tree?

I learned from this question that my birch tree is infested with Birch Polypore mushrooms. For two reasons, I'm wondering if I should remove them. First, even though they grow because the tree is ...
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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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Why is my lemon tree losing leaves after I gave it tomato feed?

There are pale blotches on the leaves of my lemon tree. There are no pests or mites, but all leaves have fallen from tree. I have tried a tomato feed with no results.