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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 ...
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Correct position of Bypass Pruner/Lopper Blade

I have recently bought a bypass lopper and apparently there is a correct way to position the blade when cutting; that is, reversing the position would damage the branch. gardenmyths.com claims: fuf....
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Does moss harm the tree it grows on?

I have seen some trees with a thick layer of moss growing on their branches, does this harm the tree? Should this layer of moss be removed or can it safely be left on the tree?
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Liquid Amber/Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) tree stress and rotting

My folks have/had a well established Liquid Amber tree which fell on their fence during a recent high wind event. I understand that the local council has fairly recently been laying fiber cable and ...
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Need guidance on pruning multi-varietal apple tree

I am in zone 9b and have an apple tree (multi-varietal) that has been growing in all directions because of lack of proper pruning. I am interested in knowing when I can prune this tree in my zone and ...
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Should I fertilize young mango and avocado trees which have stopped growing?

I have a few mango and avocado trees. They are between 5 and 6 months old. They appear to have stopped growing. Should I fertilize them, or is it too early? If it is too early for fertilization, what ...
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Is this rule of thumb for timing dormant pruning correct?

In the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's Training and Pruning Fruit Trees publication it says this (bolding mine): The timing of dormant pruning is critical. Pruning should begin as ...
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How to care for a tree with a rotting crotch at ground level?

I have an old oak tree (probably at least as old as the house, 1978) in my North Texas front yard. It appears to be pretty healthy. There aren't many dead branches on it each year, and it produces ...
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Is it better to cut off drying branches sooner or later?

Is it beneficial to leave the drying branches so that the plant can salvage the good juices inside them (I'm not entirely sure that this actually happens, it just seems that's how plants work because ...
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Tips to help an ash tree, trying to grow from the roots of an EAB victim

Two years ago, emerald ash borer struck my region. I and several of my neighbors made the tree services rich, taking down the trees before they came down on their own and causing damages. I lost ...
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Should I dig through roots when removing a mound from around a tree?

I am a first time home owner, and didn't know that a mound around a tree was bad. A 2' deep, 10' wide mound had been put around the tree a few years before I bought the house. I want to remove the ...
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Dead leader on maple tree

The dry conditions caused the leader on the tree to drop its leaves this summer. Do I need to prune it or wait to see what happens next spring?
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Mushrooms on crab apple tree trunk

Should I do something about these? Does it signify something bad?
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Pruning a weeping mulberry

We have a wonderful weeping mulberry (Morus alba pendula) (male, so no fruit) in our front yard. It's massive - probably 15' tall and at least that diameter. The problem is that it's growing larger ...
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Is it possible to get this pin oak to grow straight?

Received a pin oak from my uncle a little less than two years ago as a transplant. It's about 9ft tall today. The tree had a noticeable bend to it when when it was transplanted. I tried staking it, ...
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Why is my pecan tree only producing tiny fruits?

For a couple of years, my pecan tree has been yielding tiny nuts (3 cm/1 inch in length), and only a few of them. I live in a Mediterranean climate, and the last few summers were somewhat harsher ...
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Mango infested stems - tiny pink larva

I need help recognizing this pest which causes some of the stems on my mango tree to dry and die. Those seem to be worm/maggot like larva, with a pinkish color, about 4mm in length. They are ...
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Will lopping off the top help our ponytail palm tree?

We live in SW Florida, Zone 9B. Our old neighbor told us this is a ponytail palm. Seems that there are now more brown leaves on the tree and the ground as opposed to the tree itself. He told me to cut ...
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Is my maple tree beyond saving?

Last year I noticed the main limb of my maple tree was dead. Moreover, this year it seems to be getting worse and spreading! I assume I need to remove the tree and replant, because cutting of the ...
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Harm a tree by trimming top/exposed only part of root in lawn?

I don't see this question out here specifically asking about trimming only the top part of a tree root that is protruding higher than the lawn surface. 35 year old silver maple, with one or two lawn ...
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Dwarf Tamarillo Pruning and Care

I live in west-central Minnesota on the border of Zones 3b and 4a (but within 3b). I started a couple of dwarf tamarillo trees this year from seed on the last day of February. I transplanted both of ...
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Does a long crack in my beech tree's bark mean that it's as good as dead?

This is a picture of the base of beech tree in my backyard in the Philadelphia area. I'm getting conflicting opinions as to the implications of the crack you see in the center of the tree. What is ...
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Help growing a pine seedling

Earlier on in the year (February I believe) I found a pine cone on the path. On the off chance that it might have a viable seed in it I took it home. I recovered just one seed and planted it in a ...
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Why aren't my young Bonsai Plant seedlings growing well?

My bonsai plant is not growing well. I used a Mini Bonsai Kit. With 6 seeds, I was able to sprout only 2 plants and one is almost wilting. The other one was growing well for a week but it also seems ...
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Why is our Honey Locust tree shedding leaves and other parts? [closed]

Our honey locust is about 30 years old, 30-40 ft high. This year it is constantly dropping "debris" onto our deck, including leaves, not yet formed leaves, pollen pods (?). We clean it up and the ...
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Treating tree disease that manifests as warts/galls/bumps on leaves

I am trying to identify cause of the problem we have with our tree and the best way to treat it. Here is the image showing the growth on the tree's leaves: Is this cause for concern? We really want ...
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How do I rejuvenate my Date Palm Tree?

I've had this date palm tree for a little over a year now and the leaves have started to turn yellow with some of the bottom leaves dying out, is there any way to rejuvenate the plant, should I cut ...
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How to plant a Yoshino Cherry Tree successfully?

I purchased four Yoshino Cherry Tree saplings. I want to know the best way to ensure their growth success in my region. I am located in midwestern Indiana (hardiness Zone 5a). I've read that I need ...
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I am trying to identify and treat white fungus at the base of a tree

There is some sort of fungus growing at the base of tree in front of my house. I believe the tree is a Callery Pear Tree. The location is on the sidewalk in Brooklyn, NY. I would like to know if this ...
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Why did my new pear tree snap hours after planting?

I bought a new pear tree, Williams Bon Chretien, from a local garden centre yesterday and put it in the ground following the instructions. Watered roots while in its pot before planting, dug the hole ...
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How to trim this multistem tree

I recently moved into a new house. A tree in the backyard does not seem to have a "main" trunk. It has a lot of branches coming from the ground. What should I do with it? Remove it? Trim it, if so how?...
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Should I be concerned about Ginkgo leaves yellowing in early July?

Three weeks ago I bought a potted Ginkgo biloba from a local nursery, with strong green leaves. I've never looked after a Ginkgo before but I watered it every other day apart from the day we had heavy ...
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How can I save my Meyer lemon tree?

]23]3I discovered 2 days ago that my lemon tree appears to be dying. I'm not sure when it began. Because I have never had problems with this tree, I simply did not notice it turning brown. My neighbor ...
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Oak Leaf Blister (Taphrina caerulescens)

I'm pretty certain my oak has Taphrina caerulescens symptoms. There is yellow bulbs on it since the beginning of the summer. Can it endanger the tree health? How can it be cured?
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What am I doing wrong with my crepe myrtle?

My tree is about 10 years old, it has six main trunks and is roughly 20' tall. The trunks don't seem to get any thicker and Now that it has bloomed, the flowers have pulled the tops to the ground. ...
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How do I revive a couple shocked trees?

We've got a few 15 year old decorative broadleaf evergreens around our house as hedging. We're selling, and had to get the foundation fixed as part of the sale. While the foundation contractor was ...
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Monstera/Swiss cheese plant with brown spots on leaves?

I bought a monstera about a week ago and the bigger leaves started to look floppy. I thought this was because I didn't water it enough, so I watered it more. I'm guessing this is where I went wrong ...
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Jabily/elephant tree (Operculicarya decaryi) bonsai

I have an Operculicarya decaryi. I got it about half a foot long, and now it has grown quite a bit. It seems reasonably healthy and not in danger of dying, though I don't know much about these trees ...
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How do apple trees grow?

I have a young (3 year old) apple tree growing against a wall about 5 feet high. One branch is growing towards the wall and would be perfectly placed to go over the wall except it's about a foot too ...
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Would Diatomaceous Earth work for spraying unreachable Tent Caterpillar nests?

In trying to help answer another person's question, I realized that I have one of my own. I try to manually remove the tent moths from my trees every year, using both a step ladder and extension ...
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What is this growing on my arborvite

What is this growing on my arborvitae? Is it good or bad? My trees have lots of them.
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How to help young tree with damaged bark?

I have been very careful with the string trimmer. I think the damage is from the original city planting or freeze damage. Should I use a chisel and cleanup the wounds or just let it be? It is a Maple ...
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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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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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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... ...