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Can a coppiced manna gum with three trunks be turned back into a single-trunk tree?

We have a coppiced Manna gum tree which is flourishing. It has three or so trunks. I'd really like to know if it's possible to turn this back into a single trunk tree.
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What would cause branches in the middle of a pear tree to die?

I had a really nice pear tree. Last year I saw a dead branch in the middle of the tree so I cut it. But this year there are a lot of dead branches in the middle of the tree. I'm afraid I'm doing to ...
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Diagnosing if a tree is dead

I found a very large branch in my yard. Looking up, I was surprised to see a a bare tree amongst the leafy ones, from which this branch had fallen. Not a tree expert but I'm guessing this one is ...
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What factors could cause a young oak tree to leaf out late?

I have a young oak tree (ETA: It is a White Oak) that has been in its current location for 7 or 8 years. This year it is very late leafing out. In fact, it has only just started getting leaves in the ...
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Arbor Day Tree Identification issue for eagle scout project! [closed]

I'm currently trying to identify trees for my eagle scout project for an arbor day event at an elementary school. But I am unable to tell the difference between some trees because they all look so ...
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Clean fill for a large stump hole

I had a large Ash tree stump ground out of my yard and now have a huge hole to contend with to restore the lawn in this area. Can I use old weathered bricks to partially fill a large stump hole ...
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What type of fruit tree is this?

This tree is growing in Escambia county(in panhandle of Fl). It is, roughly measured by comparing to our 6ft tall fence, about 10-12ft tall. It is growing in my neighbors yard but it grows over the ...
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What kind of bush is this?

I was walking around town with my kids the other day and this bush caught my eye. I just love it and want one of my own lol. Can someone help me out in identifying it please. It's located in north ...
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Is the pictured seedling a Sycamore or field maple?

I recently dug up a 3 year old self seeded specimen from my garden that I intend to bonsai after I move house. I originally thought it was a field maple (Acer campestre) but am starting to suspect it ...
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Will branches on my damaged apple tree grow farther apart from each other as it gets taller?

I have an apple tree that is developing a lot of branches close together after it lost half its height due to a deer attack. As the tree grows taller again, will the new branches eventually grow with ...
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Please help me identify this tree, I think it is a Box elder…?

Please please please help me identify this tree, I think it may be a box elder but I am not certain in the least. Any thoughts or confirmation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!!
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Possible to force new growth in Monterey Cypress Tree?

Poorly pruned cypress are abundant. Is there any way to stimulate growth in the lower portions of an adult cypress?
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Which tree should we remove to allow more light into the yard

When I was a child we had a sun filled yard. We planted a number of trees for fun and over the years the trees have grown and crowded each other out. I'm looking for some advice on which one(s) to ...
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What tree is this?

What is this tree? It looks a bit like a lavender but it doesn't really have a scent (and it's a tree!).
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Can a newspaper layer underneath mulch be harmful to trees

To help control weeds in garden beds between my plants I have put newspapers down on the ground and added a layer of mulch over this. I have also done this where there are trees in the garden beds (...
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What is this tree? Please help me identify this tree

We have multiple of this tree growing on my college campus and I cannot figure out what type of tree it is. I've never seen anything like it. It has a light green leaf that always grows on top of a ...
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What is this tree with blue and white flowers and long strap-like leaves?

While I was walking, I found this tree with amazing blue and white flowers and am really curious to know its name. It also has long strap-like leaves. What is its name? Click on picture for full ...
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Is this tree sick and is there something I can do about it?

We have this tree in our front yard and it isn't looking that good. I am guessing it was put in when our house was built in '64 so it is over 50 years old. I'd love to be able to save it if ...
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What is the proper way to plant a bush under an established fruit tree?

Established Tree: Apple Planting Bush: Blueberries Goal: not damage apple tree root system Question: How do I plant a blueberry bush under an apple tree without damaging the roots of the apple tree?
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Spacing for semi dwarf cherry trees?

I have 2 semi dwarf cherry trees. One is a Rynbrandt and the other is a Blackyork. I've looked for information online about how far to space them and can't find a thing. My tags don't tell me either. ...
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What would cause the bark to fall of a tree?

What would cause the bark to fall off a tree like this? See the squiggly markings on the trunk?
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What leaves should I feed worms?

I know that in real life worms will eat both fresh and dry leaves at night or when it rains. I am not putting earthworms in the soil yet but I will soon. I am trying earthworms and mix of old and ...
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Why haven't my Birch and London plane tree leafed out yet

In the fall I bought a few trees from Arbor Day. I planted the birch and plane tree on the north side of my house and they haven't budded, bloomed, or leafed yet while my other trees have. I did the ...
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Saving a lopsided Douglas fir from needing to be removed

A mature Douglas fir stands on my property. Its Western half receives no sunlight, causing nearly all of its foliage to have grown Eastwards over my home. Due to its unfortunate growth trajectory, I'm ...
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Weedy uneven lawn with tree stumps: grind, chip, till, roll and reseed?

My sister just bought a place and she's asking for help getting her lawn back in order. I'm not sure the way we've come up with is the best way. Here's my plan of attack. I would appreciate a sanity ...
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How do we revive Spruce trees that lost 50% of their needles after a flood?

We live in southern Alberta, south of Lethbridge. We have a 5 acre farmyard that had multiple gorgeous Blue Spruce trees that were well maintained for 20 years. The trees were thick, lush, and ...
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Any ideas on what is wrong with this tree?

I have a tree in my back yard that the bark seems to be coming off of. There are leaves growing, but seem thinner than past springs. Last year, I added a tree ring with landscaping blocks and mulch... ...
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Any way to save a large tree that's starting to split/crack down the middle?

I have a large tree in my front yard and last fall I noticed a crack down the middle. Six months later, it appears the crack is getting larger (see pictures below). Is there any way to save the tree, ...
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How much space between trees?

Is there a recommended spacing when planting new trees so they do not interfere with each other's growth? I want to group a number of the same tree species together as densely as possible while still ...
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What kind of tree is this with reddish leaves?

This is a young tree that was planted a couple years ago. Is it possible to id from these pics?
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What is this tree?

What is this tree? Located in Northeast Ohio...
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Growth rate of a Pecan tree?

We bought a pecan tree that is basically a 2' tall stick right now. It was planted in an opening with other trees and should get about 75% of available daylight. How many years would you think it ...
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Leaves on my Cherry Blossom Tree are Wilting

While I was in Japan a few weeks ago I picked up a small cherry blossom sapling to bring home (I believe it's a Yoshino cherry blossom). My girlfriend's grandfather who we were staying with on his ...
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What do nurseries feed their potted trees to make them so healthy?

The potted trees in nurseries always look perfectly healthy. What do nurseries generally give their trees to keep them that way? Let's narrow down the question and focus on plum trees as an example as ...
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How to plant herbaceous perennials under an existing tree without harming it

I've seen beautiful plantations of herbaceous perennials plants under mature deciduous trees and I would like to plant something similar. My concern is for the tree itself (an Autumn Blaze maple in ...
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zanthoxylum piperitum 5 years old bonsai watering and care?

I already read this great answer about water a bonsai, which was very helpful, but I'm very confused and I would love some help, as my previous bonsai died drowned and I don't want that to happen ...
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What is a good distance to grow coconut tree from house and compound wall?

I am planning to plant the following trees in my new home (yet to build). I think I will not get much space between house foundation and compound wall. What is the recommended space to grow the ...
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best time for propagation

My name is Nawaz Khan from Pakistan, Abbottabad. Kindly, tell me that what is the best time for propagation of Oranges trees citrus trees, orange sucker, and roses???
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How to stop trunk from crumbling

I've asked this question already here: http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/88497/dead-tree-how-to-stop-rotting But realise now it should have been asked here. I have a very large eucalyptus tree....
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What is this tall tree with narrow leaves and sweet red fruit?

This 7 m (23 ft) tall tree has been growing over my deck for some time, and I've ignored it until I saw a Tui eating its fruit the other day. I'm in Wellington NZ. My landscape designer didn't know ...
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Can I re-grow roots from a piece of a trunk cut from my green ash tree?

I have a 3 ft stump of a green ash tree that I pulled out of the ground. I cut 3 root stubs with a chain saw. It's coming from a triple trunk that was rotting out. Is there any way I can regrow the ...
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Tree roots in storm drain

A 12" square catch basin collects water from my driveway and transports it under the lawn to adjacent stream about 150 ft away via 4" corrugated buried pipe. They used corrugated covered w/stone (vs ...
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We have large roots from a huge old Silver Maple that are partly above ground and interfere with mowing. Can I shave them?

We have large roots from a huge Silver Maple that are partially above ground and interfere with mowing. Can I shave them so the mower can pass over them?
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Help identify my bonsai tree

I've been given a bonsai tree by a friend who knew I was interested in learning about them. Unfortunately all it said on the pack was 'bonsai tree'. I've done a little research looking for the name ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

My wife and I just bought a property and I don't know anything about plants or trees. Can someone tell me what the large trees/bushes/plants are and also how often do I need to water them?
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What trees would be good along a boundary wall and avenue in India?

I am from the eastern part of India i.e. Ranchi (Jharkhand ). Can anyone recommend some trees I can plant along the boundary wall of a school campus? They should provide good shade, temperature ...
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Camellia losing its leaves

I had two camellias planted in November (spring) by my landscaper, from the same nursery. They've been fertilised the same at planting and watered the same, and are only 3 feet away. One is losing ...
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Do plum trees fruit if an offspring of another one?

Can plum trees bare fruit if they arise from the rootstock of another plum tree?
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Why does my lemon tree have multi-colored leaves and strange-looking fruit?

The leaves on my lemon tree are yellow and white, and the fruit doesn't look normal.
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

My Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) has weird-looking clumps in its roots. Is it a Phytophthora root rot infection? If not, what is it?