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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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How to develop fine roots in potted plants

I wanted to know the best way to encourage lots of fine feeder roots for a healthy plant. I started a couple of lemon trees from a drink cup seed last year as an experiment. I used a wicking system to ...
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How do I know if an ash tree can be treated for emerald ash borer or needs to be removed?

I have 16 Emerald ash trees that have been hit with the emerald ash borer. While I have seen the ash borer's bore holes and the epicormic sprouting of branches in random places, I question whether or ...
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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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Should I redo this pruning cut?

It looks to me that this pruning cut left too much of the branch that was cut: Should I cut again closer to the trunk? Should I perhaps fill the hole in the center with something? Is there a sign ...
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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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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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How far apart should I space Thuja 'Green Giant' evergreen trees?

If I wanted to plant several Thuja plicata x standishii 'Green Giant', how far apart should they be placed, or does it matter? Some evergreens seem to like being planted close together (and growing ...
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How should I care for newly planted saplings on a slope?

Me and couple of my mates are trying to plant few trees on a hill slope before the wet season (monsoon) sets in India (early June). The hill has been devoid of trees due to excessive felling in last ...
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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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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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How should I treat overgrowth on tree line?

I've tried to provide this image to help describe the issue. I have a line of evergreen trees that goes through the back of my house. I'm not an expert at landscaping (hardly even a rookie), but those ...
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How to understand if my tree's roots are girdling

Some time ago I planted the dwarf (M27) apple tree shown and described in this question. At the time of planting, I am afraid I didn't dig a very wide hole, just twice the lateral size of the pot in ...
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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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Mushrooms on crab apple tree trunk

Should I do something about these? Does it signify something bad?
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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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Can I save this tree?

I think it's a peach tree if it matters. Most of the top branches are dead, as seen in the picture. The only live branches are sprouting very close to the gound. Is there any way to save it and get it ...
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What kind of palm tree is this and how do I care for it?

I bought a new house and have this palm tree in the front yard. No one lived in the house for over two years so it's been neglected but still looks healthy. What's the best way to clean it up and have ...
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What is this raised, brown growth on my maple tree?

My tree seems to be infected with something, and every week I notice more leaves have this raised, brown growth. What is it, and how do I treat it?
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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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What is the best way to keep a tree growing straight?

When most trees get over ten feet tall, they seem to be trying to grow every way but up. Staking would be impractical because of scale, and pruning often helps but does not force the tree to grow up. ...
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How do I get rid of tar spots appearing on my maple's leaves?

Preliminary reading suggests that the only way is to rake up the fallen leaves and get rid of them. Will this do the trick? Is there a way I could keep the leaves for compost without propagating the ...
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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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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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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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Accidentally pulled fruit spurs during harvest

I was harvesting cherries and wasn't aware until after that I should NOT pull off the fruit spurs. I harvested quite a bit. I feel bad. Is the damage permanent? Will they grow back?
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How can I protect my plants from cows and goats?

Tips needed for protecting my plants from animals like cows and goats.
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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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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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Why does my tree have splitting bark, dripping sap, and dead branches?

Our builder planted this tree, and I have no idea what kind it is. The bark seems to split and a lot of sap runs out of the tree. Since I don't know what kind of tree this is, I haven't been able to ...
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Is there a way to encourage needle re-growth in fir trees?

My wife bought a potted "Christmas Tree" last year in the week running up to Christmas. It wasn't in the best of shape when we got it and about a week after being inside the house, it shed the ...
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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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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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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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Unlucky with maples every single time I plant them

I have tried several times to grow maples. Every time, something has gone wrong and they didn't survive. I always make sure the seed is viable(In other words I can feel the seed inside the pod) ...
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Does a Japanese maple require special care when a post-hole is dug in the root system?

I need to put a post down to support a carport. The post would be embedded in a concrete block approx. 60cm x 60cm. This is 3 metres from the trunk of a Japanese Maple about 5 metres tall. Is there a ...
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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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Can I water indoor fruit trees with aquarium water?

I have kiwi, lemon, orange, mandarin and avocado trees, grown from seed from normal fruit which I have eaten. I also have an aquarium with turtle. I've treated aquarium water with ReptoSafe and ...
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Is the gash in this saucer magnolia likely to be a mortal wound?

The landscapers for my townhouse complex hit a saucer magnolia tree on our property with their truck while doing their work. My wife said that the tree was knocked off of its axis and the landscapers ...
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How to best care for mature trees?

I've got several mature trees in my yard. I just moved into the home and for the last two years not a lot of care was given to the trees. As a first step I've removed all the trees that were scattered ...
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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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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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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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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 to do with this palm tree?

This palm tree has been grown in my parents' yard for more than a decade (perhaps two). I'm not sure of its identification. It has grown a lot (perhaps too much, for the surrounding space), and, ...
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Do I need to change the irrigation for my Shamel Ash trees?

I have three Shamel Ashes in my yard, all planted at roughly the same time and all irrigated in the same way. Despite professional care they haven't shown any substantial growth in over a year. If ...
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What conditions cause trunk sprouts on oak trees?

I asked a similar question here, but something annoying is catching my attention. Almost all of the pin oak trees in my area are sprouting up and down the trunks like crazy this spring, many of them ...
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What can I do for my burned almond tree?

My husband and father-in-law planted an almond tree 2 years ago. It is about 9 feet tall and was growing really well and was healthy. Lately it has been covered in beetles and the leaves have been ...
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Relocating an apple tree - when should this be done?

A long time ago (about ten years), I put some apple seeds in the ground, and now I have an apple tree. The only problem is that it is too close to the neighbour's house, and might do some damage to it ...

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