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Revitalizing two old plums

This is a silhouette of my two plums: They are very old, around 10m high, for some longish time left alone, and exude a lot of sap. They have nice fruit. Birds like to rest and observe the area in ...
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Cupressocyparis with double leader

I have two cupresocyparises (aka leylandiis) that each developed two leaders. They are both around 8m (25ft) high now, the leaders start at appr. 2m above ground, so I guess it is too late just to ...
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Pros and cons of different types of staking

I have got a 10 year old acer that leaned slightly towards a wall of a 2-story object, and on windy days it touches the wall, sometimes harshly banging its leaves and branches against it, and I would ...
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How to reduce the growth of moss on the ground and on the tree?

We have a Norwegian Maple tree in front of the house. But it has lots of moss in the branches, stem and in the ground. One of my neighbor said the tree is getting the moss from the ground. Last year ...
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What kind of tree is this and what should I do with it?

A tree in my yard looks like it's dying. A friend said that I can simply cut off the side that is dying and see if the rest of it lives. However, some of the branches on the "living" side seem to be ...
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Moved tree nursery in Fall, new area has heavy deer browse, how to protect the baby trees?

I'm growing a small backyard potted-tree nursery (~20 trees from seedlings to <1in. saplings at this point). I recently moved to a new house, not very far but far enough where the deer browse has ...
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Identify plant, and what to do with rocks

Can anyone identify this little tree/shrub/indoor plant? I got it from a neighbor who had it on her porch, among others, and it appears pretty healthy. It's in a 3" plastic pot, that rests in a faux ...
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What is causing a section of this ornamental apple tree to lose its leaves and grow moss?

Pictured above is an ornamental apple tree outside of my home in Portsmouth, NH. Over the course of the summer I noticed that a section of the tree was not leafing and was totally bare. I don’t ...
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Caring for a Japanese Maple

I have a Japanese Maple tree that we planted 6 years back. It is on the east side of the lot and gets morning and afternoon sunlight. I have not done much to care for it and it has not grown in size ...
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Are these signs of tree trouble?

We moved into a house a little over a year ago. We really love this particular small tree that's in the front yard. One day I noticed that it had two holes in it, one towards the center and one near ...
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What are the spots in my leaves?

It is mid-September update in New York state. The leaves are already falling and have spots on them. Neighbors' trees are still green. Is it normal? Or my tree is infected with some disease?
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What Fertilizer should I use on an Autumn Blaze Maple [closed]

I need help finding out what is the best fertilizer for Acer x freemanii 'Jeffersred' Autumn Blaze®. I was told they need iron, but can't confirm that on the internet. There is some online info here, ...
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How to make a plastic bottle sun resistant for DIY watering irrigation

I want to accomplish this DIY water technique for my pomegranate trees. https://youtu.be/mEV65WTyxkU I want to make those plastic bottles resistant to the sun as there is a lot of sun over here (35 - ...
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Disease on a Pine tree? Or is it Bugs?

We moved into a new house last year, and this summer we are noticing that the tree is oozing a lot of sap and has began to drop pine needles while other needles are starting to turn a light brown ...
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How do I deal with neighbors palm tree hanging over my driveway/ cars, when it seems to leak or drop a sappy substance.

My neighbors palm tree is located next to my driveway where we park our cars. For many years ,About 2 or 3 times a year the tree seems to drop a mist of sappy substance that sprays all over our cars. ...
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Growing “Laurus nobilis” in scandinavia

I planted a Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) in my garden in Sweden (60°8'33.86"N, 16°9'46.62"E). I am aware the climate here is not ideal for this tree, but I have hope it can adapt. I planted in the ...
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How to tie tree trunk and branches for support

EDIT: 2017/09/09 In the end I trimmed pretty aggressively and I don't think any support will be necessary. The walkway is no longer obstructed. I hope I wasn't too aggressive. Thanks to both Bamboo ...
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Who is this tan mosquito-like flying insect hanging on various tree leafs in zone 5 northeast USA?

I grow potted trees in zone 5 of northeastern USA and spend time watching the nature around them. I have been trying to learn more about the insects that frequent the plants, whether for good or bad. ...
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What are these white powdery patches on these lilac leafs?

A lilac bush was destined for removal and I separated as many cohesive root and shoot bunches as I could. I planted some immediately and potted others, almost all of which are doing well. I notice one ...
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What are these patches of fluffy white growth on this young apple tree?

Out of three young apple trees, one in particular has been suffering with pest problems, mainly aphids. I check it almost daily, and probably once a week on average I find aphids swarming a terminal ...
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Will Irrigation spikes speed up oak tree growth?

I live in a relatively new housing development and the builder was kind enough to plant three trees in my yard. They range from 9-15 ft tall but they are all rather wimpy, each having a trunk diameter ...
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What is causing the tip to brown and die on my Norway Spruce?

2 years ago I had a 7' Norway Spruce put in and it has never given me much trouble. A few weeks to a month ago, I noticed that the very tip of the tree was turning brown and starting to die. The ...
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Can I save my Avocado tree from the extreme heat?

I live in Arizona. I have a 2 year old avocado tree in a pot, not in the ground. Last week it was exposed to the extreme heat wave that hit us. I made sure the soil was moist every day. Twice a week I ...
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What is wrong with my Cherry blossom tree?

My cherry blossom tree's trunk is not looking very healthy and the leaves at the top are being eaten :(
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Can I substantially reduce the height of a large holly tree?

My garden includes a holly tree about the height of my house. It's a fine specimen in good health but the position means it is blocking the view from a bedroom window. Ideally I'd take it out ...
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Hydroponic Lychee tree suffering from brown leaf tips! Help!

my 4 month old Lychee seedling needs help! I started growing the Lychee tree in regular soil, and after about 2 months i desided that i wanted to try to grow it hydroponically. Ever since its first ...
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Why are my spruce trees' very long leaders bent over?

I have 3 Black Hills Spruce and one Australian Spruce with long Leaders. Two of the Black Hills Spruce are bent over. 1. What causes this? 2. What can I do to help the tree?
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Why is this tree foaming?

This tree on my property is foaming. What is the reason for this and should I be worried?
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Can I save this variegated holly tree?

I've inherited this mature holly tree. It's clearly been looked after in the past but has gone awry the last few years... It's losing its shape and the variegation is growing out. Can I reverse this ...
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Browning arborvitaes — why?

I have about 20 arborvitae trees along my driveway and all are browning. I'm a new homeowner and do not know the trees' history. What sort of issue do the below pictures exhibit? Thanks. I am in Long ...
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Ming Aralia is turning yellow and dropping branches

I've had my Ming Aralia for about 2.5 years now and it would occasionally drop leaves and branches. As of this spring (approx 1.5 months ago) the leaf and branch dropping accelerated to the point that ...
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Fruit trees root growth

I have several fruit trees all in good condition, all around 2 years old. One of them is a morello cherry. He was bought as a one year Old. On its second year, I missed pruning and ultimately he ...
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Is this trimmer damage or disease on silver maple?

We recently bought a house with a young silver maple tree that looks pretty damaged at the base of the trunk. Does this look like disease or damage from a trimmer? I put the mulch ring around it ...
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Care of and shaping of an Acer Palmatum where many branches seem dead

A friend transplanted an acer (about six feet tall, I guess a Palmatum) a year or two ago. Most of the branches now seem dead, but there is one, growing out sideways, with vigorous leaf growth. I have ...
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Why are the cherries dropping off my cherry tree?

We have a large mature cherry tree. It produced cherries just fine the first two years we were in this house. We had someone come out and trim the tree the third year (wasn't too happy with their job) ...
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Can I plant a large tree in a raised bed?

I'm going to plant two pecan trees. When I plant them, they'll just be pretty small, but will have an ultimate width of between 75 and 100 feet years from now. Due to flooding issues, I would like to ...
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To water or not to water a plant right before near frost temps in mid-Spring?

Is a plant, whether in the ground or in a pot outside, more resistant to frost damage when it's soil is drier or freshly watered? context: mid-Spring right as hardwood trees are budding. I'm mainly ...
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How to move trees on a highway using a pickup truck?

From time to time I want to move trees anywhere from 5-500 miles to either a new nursery location or permanent planting location. Usually these trees are potted, sometimes they're bare root, rarely ...
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What is the purpose of supporting the tree this way?

I just came across this picture on Houzz: Is it to straighten the tree ?
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Red and Green Acers

Our Red and Green Acer Japonica leaves have started to curl and drop. They have been in their respective pots for approx. 8 years and never had any problems. We live on Dartmoor Devon: we did have a ...
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How to protect outdoor potted trees in storm?

I'm growing a bunch of trees in pots and have been keeping them in the yard. A storm with high winds is expected (~20mph) and as I bring some items indoors (e.g. a flag, light pots hanging from a ...
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Peach Tree, bark darkening and peeling/cracking

I have two peach trees in close proximity to each other. One is healthy and shows no signs on distress, however the other one... Leaves did not fully come in. Has areas of darkened bark that ooze ...
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Why is my palm tree dying?

Why is my palm tree dying? I have used a special palm tree fertilizer and it didn't help it at all. The tree was already looking like this just not as bad before I used the fertilizer. I actually ...
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American Holly tree trimming

I have a few American Holly trees (I think that's what they are) that my landscaper cut all the way down, almost to the trunk. Is this how you would normally trim this tree? I don't think this was ...
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What is this white foam under my tree?

South Florida. Photo of tree that I can't identify. It's been raining heavily for twelve hours and this white foam has appeared on the trunk, possibly due to water dripping. What is this foam? I'...
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Stopping regrowth of a tree stump without killing the other half of the tree

We are building a granny flat and have had to lose half of a two forked gum tree. The edge of the flat will sit over the stump with the rest of the tree behind it. Is there anything I can paint on, ...
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How to prune a cherry tree that was left alone since being planted

I recently moved into a house with lots of horticultural learning opportunities :) This semi-dwarf cherry was planted at least two years ago and (as far as I can tell) has never been pruned. The ...
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Broken willow tree completely severed at the base

My young willow tree broke off completely at the base. Will it shoot roots again if I just place the whole tree in water/soil? Thanks
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How should I care for my baobab?

I bought this baobab as a single branch last summer. I planted the branch in a pot and it grew many leaves and branches. I'm in Europe, so I have to keep it indoors a few more weeks. I left it a ...
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Plum Tree Issue with Rot

My plum tree is rotting where a branch was cut some time ago. The rotting zone had what looked like soil with worms and wood lice. I cut out the affected the region but it is affecting almost 1/3 to ...