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Is this a girdling root and should it be removed

See below images for what appears to be a girdling root that might eventually start choking off a main root. Before I remove it I wanted to get some thoughts. Any input is much appreciated!
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Why are the leaves on my Japanese cherry tree turning yellow?

I have a Japanese cherry tree in my front yard. (I live in a hot, high-altitude desert climate.) This is my first spring in this house, and last year the tree had significant die-off. I'm guessing it'...
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OK to fill a tree trunk with soil and plant in it?

We have an old apricot tree where the trunk sustained unknown damage (It was here when we bought the house, so we don't know what happened to it, specifically) and is mostly hollowed out: ...
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Mini solar-powered pump for poorly-drained soil

I have a tree which wants well-drained soil but which is planted in clay (other than the good soil that was added around / below it). Because of where it is, it can accumulate too much water, so I put ...
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Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum) leaves yellowing?

I planted a Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum) a few months ago in a spot where it gets several hours of sunlight. Recently, its lower leaves started turning yellow; see photo: Is this a cause for ...
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How to encourage banana trees to grow after insulating over winter

I have a few banana trees (How to insulate banana tree during winter) that I insulated with fiberglass over the winter in northern Mississippi. Two have started growing leaves. The others haven’t, but ...
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When to remove unwanted buds

I have planted a 15 feet long mulberry plant about a week ago. I don't want it to have any branch in its bottom 7 feet. But I see it is growing new buds everywhere. When to remove these wanted bottom ...
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Planting mulberry too deep

I purchased a 2-year-old mulberry plant from the nursery. it is about 15 feet in length. When I planted it in the soil, I planted it 2 feet deep, but the actual root part with it was about 1 feet deep....
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spiral tree trunk growth

I’d like to create a helical twist in the trunk of a young tree. I’m talking about a spiral grain, not just bending it into a coil, etc. Here’s an example: I’ve read that it’s still not well ...
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what to do if No. Calif. oak tree has water within trunk

A couple of my trees have water near the base where the tree forks upward. One guy suggests using chainsaw to cut small drain hole at bottom of bole, and then fill bole up with cement? Is this what I ...
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UK Woodland Survey / Advice on Habitat

We're in the fortunate position where we've moved to a house which came with an adjoining acre of woodland; a mix of oak, sycamore, hawthorn, elder, and lots more that I'm too inexperienced to ...
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what to use as a bandage after lopping a tree branch

What can be used to protect a tree when a branch has been cut off. I live in India and there are many boring insects that can damage a wound.
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Avocado indoor tree wilting

I am not sure why this is happening, some information the top 2cm soil is cocounot soil, the soil beneath I believe is just normal indoor plant potting soil. This is the pot, about 26cm wide and 23cm ...
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Magnolia tree lost a lot of leaves / is having issues

Does anyone know why this recently-planted magnolia tree may not be doing well and what can be done about it?
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What is killing the ends of tree branches in Virginia?

Over the last 4 weeks here in Virginia, I've notices almost all of the deciduous trees have a handful of branches that were dead in just the last 6-12 inches. My yard has several, small branches that ...
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How do I trim my Japanese Maple to determine its shape?

The tree was put in the ground about 6 years ago. For the most part, I have let it grow with no interference; only trimming extra long branches. I lost a middle branch growing upwards in year 2 due ...
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Is this Thuja Green Giant overwatered or underwatered?

I planted 5 1ft Thuja Green Giants from fastgrowingtrees.com in the winter and they all died from overwatering. At first I followed the watering guide that the website recommends but then noticed one ...
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Cupressus with brown branches

enter image description here I live in Sintra Portugal (by the sea) so with mild climate type 9. The terrain is sandy but I tend to fertilize annually and I have drop-by-drop irrigation. This year my ...
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Tree Trunk Saddle Repair

I repaired a slit tree trunk for a friend of mine. The trunk was split from the ground up 4 feet. At that point the tree had grown 5 different major branches and left a saddle in the middle where ...
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What happens when weeping trees touch the ground? (Should it be fixed?)

I let some of my weeping trees grow as they wish. My neighbor says I should prune them the so that their branches do not touch the ground. He could not say why, just says it is bad for branches to ...
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Why is my avocado tree’s branch growing more than the main stock?

I have an avocado tree growing from seed and I’m not sure if this side branch needs to be cut or left alone, usually it is just one trunk growing from the seas not the side branch being longer than ...
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What's killing my apricot tree?

bought my house a few month ago, the apricot tree in the garden seemed fine at first and I thought it would be ok because a lot of buds appeared early, but now it seems to be dying. Do you think it ...
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Why is fruit of my sweet cherry tree shrinking and disappearing?

I have a 10+ years old sweet cherry tree. I applied only minimal pruning throughout these years, and it grew (by itself) into a beautiful natural-looking 6m/20ft high pyramidal tree, with central ...
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Tree rot & weeds growing from the rot?

I don't if this is rot where several large branches meet. It is soft and dark colored matter, almost like compost. I was able to peel off a patch (see circled area in the first picture). Prompted by ...
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Save the Aristocrat Pear tree

I planted an Aristocrat Pear tree about a month ago. It was droopy when I got it but thought it was due to being in the pot for too long and not getting enough water. I figured it would get better ...
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Is my mulberry plane tree sick?

The top of some of the branches* of my tree look like this : The affected branches seems to be sprouting normally, but I'm a bit worried that the tree is sick. I've got another one where only one of ...
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Low weeping acer without leaves on top branches

My weeping acer is bald on the top branches, has been full of leaves until last year when there were fewer leaves, but this year hardly any on top. Weeping acer
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Pawpaw bark damage after first winter

Young pawpaw tree (planted last spring as a stripling, so first spring post planting) has damage to bark and trunk. What could have caused this? Is there anything I can do to help it? Tree is in a ...
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Will this tree live?

We decided to plant an Oak for my daughter’s first birthday. We bought the tree, which is supposed to be around 2 years old, in a pot and put it in the garden today. This is the first time we could ...
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Dragon tree yellow leaves

I have a few yellow leaves with some brown spots. The rest of the plant looks ok, close to the window, water once a week (sometimes fresh water from tap, sometimes I let the water stay overnight ...
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Very few needles on lower spruce branches

I have what I believe is a 30 ft Norway Spruce that looks very healthy, except for the bottom three feet of branches which have almost no needles. This bottom portion of the tree is shaded out by ...
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Should I leave fallen apples (windfall) to rot under the tree?

I'm co-maintaining a small orchard. Often, noone will look after it for a while. Nature conservation and tree/ecosystem health is more important for the group of maintainers than a high yield. After ...
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Dying Pink lemon tree

I got a pink lemon tree from a nursery last summer. I’m in San Antonio. I made the huge mistake of putting her in the ground during the summer. It is a well drained area. She’s done pretty well until ...
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Should I prune this Java Plum (Syzygium cumini) or not?

I have this plant grown from seed of the fruit that was planted last year after summer (probably around August). They were lush green and the leaves are really big. However, this plant is not even an ...
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Should I remove these vines?

Just closed on a home recently and am wondering if this tree is healthy? Should I remove these vines? Any tips on what these vines are and how to properly go about removing them? Also if anyone knows ...
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What's killing my orange tree?

I've been spraying with neem oil and it hasn't been helping. I've attached pictures. It seems like something is killing the leaves from the bottom up. New leaves sprout but they get killed and eaten ...
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How to kill a tree but keep it planted and preserve the structure for decoration?

We have a three storey tall Mango tree in our backyard. As it's always covered in shadows it has become fruitless. I wish to kill it but keep it planted and preserve for decoration like how it is in ...
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Can I remove my lemon tree when it has fruit but is not growing well in a corner of the garden?

I transplanted my lemon tree from a pot to the corner garden bed. Since then, it has a lot of flowers and has lots of lemons. It is only just over a meter high but seems to be stagnated now, as the ...
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What is this ring in this tree's bark?

There is a ring around about three quarters of this tree's trunk's circumference, about a foot tall. It looks like it was put there deliberately. What is the purpose of something like this?
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Trouble with meyers lemon tree

I want to apologise if this has been asked a lot already. I have browsed through the forum and read most of the other post about this same problem. I wanted to ask again for my self since I have read ...
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Best way to transplant a Dracaena dragon

I would like to know the best way to transplant a Dracaena dragon. I have 5 and they were planted( 30years ago) very close. So they are out of space. My climate is Mediterranean, I'm entering winter ...
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What are these black spots on my tree trunk?

I had some deer damage on a sweet bay magnolia tree. After a week or so of covering the damage with the pictured white tree guard I noticed all these black spots underneath. What are these spots and ...
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Lemon tree drops its leaves

We bought this lemon tree about a month ago. It was in a good condition when we purchased it. At first, we placed it outside, and for the last ten days, we brought it inside, situated right in front ...
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My "Ficus religiosa" sapling stopped growing. How to make it grow again?

I received this sapling more than 14 months back (April 2019). I had been growing this indoors in the same pot I received it until recently when I switched to a bigger pot in the picture below. I was ...
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Is my Willow Tree dying or just needing TLC

I just bought a home with a huge Willow in the front yard. It has a lot of dead branches and doesn’t look as full as other willows in the area. I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to make it ...
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Is there anything I can do to help my weeping Elm tree?

I have an old Elm tree on my property, probably 80+ feet tall. It has a hole in the side that weeps. Is there anything I can do to help it?
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Repairing bushes and small trees?

This spring I accidentally stepped on a redcurrant bush and snapped it just above ground level. Without much hope I taped it up using duct tape and 'splinted' it with a cane. To my surprise it has ...
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How much damage will tree house, swings, etc., do to my linden tree? How to reduce damage?

I have a large linden tree in my backyard (see photos below). Going by the age of the house, it could be up to 100 years old. I estimate the height at 45-50 ft, and diameter of trunk roughly 3 ft. ...
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Why are my Acer seedlings drying up and dying?

I’ve grown lots of little Acer seedlings from seed I picked last autumn and germinated early this year after 100 days in the fridge. I was very excited about the success of the seeds but now at a good ...
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What should I do with my 3 feet 17yr old chestnut tree in a pot

What's the best/healthiest thing to do for my 17+yr old 3 feet chestnut tree in a pot so it will survive? I wanted to grow my own bonsai plant from a chestnut then didn't have the nerve to prune it. ...
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