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Are my Emerald Arborvitaes recoverable?

I bought 31 thujas a couple of months ago and some of them are really struggling. I installed a drip line a week ago, but am wondering if these trees are completely dead. Here are a bunch of ...
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How should I save an oak tree wounded by ground root removal?

I had somebody remove some oak tree roots from the ground one month ago. Now a couple of branches look dried. Others have no new leaves growing and the old leaves are dropping. This is in Houston, ...
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Dwarf Apple tree in heavy clay

Today I planted an apple tree grown on dwarfing rootstock (M27). The soil at my allotment is very heavy yellow clay. But it's on a decent slope. I dug a hole the depth of the container in which it ...
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How do I keep oak trees from sprouting?

I have a lot of nice sized oak trees. I have pin, black, and chestnut. Every once in a while one of them puts out sprouts all over the trunk and starts looking like a green pillar. How do I keep that ...
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What kind of trees can be kept in an apartment?

I live in an apartment and I want to have some indoor trees in my apartment. We have a large window that faces to the north-east and has curtains. What kind of trees can be kept in an apartment?
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What is happening to the leaves of my avocado?

I have an avocado plant in my outdoors balcony. It's been growing nicely, but there are small brown dots/holes in the leaves for some time now. I don't see anything in the underside of the leaves, and ...
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what care should I give my lemon and orange tree after 8 months neglect?

In July I moved into a new house with an established lemon tree (about 4-5 m high) and orange tree (3-4 m high). Apart from collecting the last crop we have left them alone. The previous tenants grew ...
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How do I care for a young fig tree?

I received a foot long rooted cutting of a fig tree that is hardy in zones 7-11. I have it in a clay base soil in the ground. It currently has two small leaves. I am completely ignorant of how to care ...
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How can I rescue my tree?

I moved into this house last year, so I've only seen this tree with leaves once and I do not know what kind of tree it is (I live in Iowa). I noticed this spring that the leaves didn't seem to come in ...
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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

I'm buying a bunch of these babies below to create a privacy screen in my backyard. I'm getting young ones and want them to grow as fast as I can make them grow. Is there anything I can do to make ...
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How to care for a large redwood?

I just bought a home in the CA bay area. My front yard is dominated by a large redwood tree that seems in good health. I really love the way it looks. By large I mean 5-6 stories in height, planted ...
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How should I prune a weeping willow without shortening the life of the tree?

I prune a lot of neighborhood trees, but I've come to a small problem. Some people like their weeping willows high enough that they can walk underneath without brushing it. I have been doing this by ...
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Are lichens healthy for trees?

I've always thought lichens were neutral to tree health, and I think they are attractive, but someone recently told me to get rid of them, because they will cause rot and harbor disease. Do they ...
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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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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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What to do when an animal dies inside a hollow tree?

We have a beautiful Shag Bark Hickory next to the house with a large hole about 18' up. A family of raccoons moved in a few weeks ago and had a litter. Recently we've seen a lot of domestic ...
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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that it ...
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How can I limit my Norway Spruce to one top (trunk)?

I have a Norway spruce that is about sixty feet tall and is beginning a second trunk. I like them to have only one top, but this particular tree is not climbable. How do I control this?
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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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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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Is this crab apple branch doomed?

The leafed branches that are at the end of this larger branch look fine, but I am concerned that the damaged bark has allowed the layer underneath to die. Did anything need to be done for this? I am ...
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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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Are my autumn blaze maple trees dying?

We live in Oklahoma and planted some autumn blaze maple trees last fall. They seemed to come out of dormancy fine and the leaves were nice and green. We planted them in an area that stays pretty ...
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Is this fig tree disease or just malnourished?

My folks in Berkeley, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) showed me their young fig tree the other day to see if I could figure out what was wrong with it, but I wasn't certain. I searched here (during title ...
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Will paint thinner poured in the soil kill my tree?

The contractor at my neighbors house was washing out his brushes with turpentine or paint thinner and dumping the liquid right next to my tree. Is my tree going to die? What can I do to help it ...
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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, it even needs a stick to ...
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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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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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How can I save a branch injured by wind stress?

Our landlord planted a beautiful Santa Cruz Hibiscus in the front yard, Zone 9b, its natural habitat more or less, which grew into a small tree. The main trunk has a nice iron rod stake. Of the three ...
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Is there a way to save this half-dead evergreen tree?

I just moved into a home and this tree is planted in the yard. Half of it seems to be in good shape but the other half has no leaves and seems dead. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can do to save or ...
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Why does my English walnut lose its leaves early?

I have an English walnut sapling that grows vigorously all summer, but at the beginning of Fall the leaves dry up and fall. It has been two years now. Is that a problem with the tree?
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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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Are unmulched leaves any good for my tree?

I have an old Silver Maple tree in my front yard. Can I just rake the leaves to a bunch under the tree trunk, without mulching? Will it have a similar fertilizing effect to mulched leaves, or will it ...
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Identify bonsai & maintenance advice for total beginner

I got this as a gift and have no idea where to start! Scared to water it! Firstly, please could someone identify the species? I'd like emergency advice so it lasts a month or two while I read up - ...
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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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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 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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My seedling looks stressed and the leaves are wilting.

Tonight I tried to give 4 hours of direct sunlight to my seedling, but after 4 hours of sunlight it looks so stressed the leaves went down. What should I do?
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How can I manage a weeping willow with a broken branch?

I have a very mature weeping willow in the front garden which was well balanced and with the recent storm one of the main branches broke off. I noted that branch had a weakness, due to rotting from ...
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How close should a maple tree sapling be to marked utilities?

Last summer I planted a maple sapling in my yard. I foolishly did this without calling 811. This month I have other work to do and had my utilities marked. When the marking was done I discovered that ...
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Why are my Japanese Yews (podocarpus) suddenly dying?

I installed five Japanese Yews (Podocarpus) in the fall, November, of last year here in Austin TX. I checked up on them about a month ago and everything was fine. Now the leaves are turning pale/...
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Can I trim my canary palm trunk or is it a lost cause?

Below is a canary palm in my front yard: I had a tree trimming service some out and trim away the branches. They didn't do anything to the trunk though - I asked them to come back out, and the guy ...
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Christmas tree of unknown species

Last week I was given a tiny conifer(?) "dressed up" as miniature Christmas tree. Not a bonsai in the strict sense, rather a quite young evergreen species. Of course it came without a label and with ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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Why are the leaves of my fig trees drying and falling off?

I have several fig trees. Some of them seem to be contracting some sort of illness - leaves dry and fall off completely. This does not seem to weather or water related. Watering them does not help ...
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Which of These Bonsais Are The Most Appropriate For My Climate?

I want to buy a bonsai tree. The options are Ficus, Ligustrum, Carmona, and Sageretia. Reading the instructions on those links, I was convinced that I should get either Carmona or Sageretia ...
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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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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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Can citrus tree health affect the seed count in the fruit?

I have a Clementine Orange which used to produce pleasant fruit that was lightly seeded. In the last few years, the number of seeds in each orange has increased dramatically. The tree has fallen to ...
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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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