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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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How do I stop palm trees from sprouting from the side?

My 6-7 year-old outdoor date palm trees are growing side-sprouts, resulting in multiple trunks. How do I prevent this from happening?
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Locust-looking bugs eating my tree leaves. How do I make them stop?

I put some trees in behind my house in Israel. These locust looking things showed up and started eating the leaves. How can I get rid of them? I prefer organic solutions, but am not too worried about ...
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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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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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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 inosculating trees for shape practical for the home garden?

I've recently discovered a very cool method of tree training in which saplings are trained to a rigid form, and fused (inosculated) at certain points, to become a desired shape. If I follow the basic ...
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What is this white fuzz on my oak tree?

Do you have any idea what this is on my oak tree? We are in the middle of a drought in Central Illinois and I've been seeing this on the back of my leaves.
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How to get rid of sprouts coming from a chinaberry stump?

I had a 30ft (9m) chinaberry (Melia azedarach) removed that the previous owner left for me, four months ago. It had multiple split trunks at the bottom that made every arborist that looked at it ...
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What would strip the bark off a 20+ foot American Elm tree overnight?

I have a 20+ foot tall American Elm tree. I believe it was unharmed yesterday. Today the bark was stripped almost entirely around the several-inch-wide trunk and in various places up to a height of ...
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What types of tree are these?

I would like to know the names of these trees. And whether the small black berry looking fruits are edible. Edit: The small tree is not doing well, so I want to learn more about this tree in order to ...
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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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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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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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What methods can be used to apply an antifungal to the interior of a tree?

Diseases such as the Blue Stain Fungus infect trees from the inside out due to inoculation by host insects. Are there any effective/standard methods for applying antifungal compounds to infected trees?...
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...
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Should my plant be shedding leaves when it's flowering?

I have this plant at my new place which I assume is a Cissus of some type from googling. I noticed some of the leaves started yellowing and falling off when the flower buds started appearing. Is this ...
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What are these red “quills” on my willow tree?

I just noticed several clusters of red "quills" which sort of look like small buds on the main trunk and the two largest lower branches on my weeping willow tree. The little growths are red and ...
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Holes in leaves of Yoshino Cherry

I have just started gardening. My first tree purchase was a Yoshino Cherry (Prunus y yedoensis Ivensii). After potting it into a larger pot, it has started to have lots of holes appear in the leaves. ...
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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 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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Why are my avocado's leaves drying out from the edges?

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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How much should I water an avocado plant guided by a moisture meter?

I have a moisture meter that registers readings from 0.0 to 9.9 (driest to wettest). I cannot find a listing for a potted avocado tree. Can you give me info as to what percentage is optimal for the ...
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What are some recommendations for a potted orange tree?

My wife and I would like to have a potted orange tree. We live in the San Diego area so the climate for citrus trees is near perfect, but we don't know what kind of tree we should buy. Also, how large ...
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Why are these plumeria leaves yellowing, browning, then dropping?

I live in central Florida and have had this potted plumeria on my covered balcony for just over one year. It is potted in a well draining soil mixture, watered 1x/week with liquid soluble Hawaiian Bud ...
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Help needed to repot my 42" avocado tree in my apt please!

Hello wonderful people with green thumbs! I've managed to grow an adorable avocado tree from a supermarket avocado pit. I don't know what I'm doing and I'm usually awful with plants so this was truly ...
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Is my tree dead?

I have a silver birch tree in my garden - two years ago we had it cut back by someone who possibly didn't know as much about managing trees as he thought. He cut quite a lot off in November of 2016 ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I remove the suckers from the base of my new tree?

I bought a new tree this summer. Lately I've been seeing this little sprouts coming out of the very base of the tree. Should I chop them off or leave them? What will happen to them over time? Also, ...
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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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What kind of tree is this and what's wrong with it?

The developer in my neighboorhood was so kind as to plant trees in everyone's yard. But after 3 or 4 years all but one or two (so probably 180 or so) look scrawny and pathetic. I know nothing of ...
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How do you know when a tree has died?

A tree trust planted 2 trees for me along my fence-line. One hasn't budded at all this spring, the other tree has a few small leaves on one of the lowest branches. I have a lot of aggressive-growing,...
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What useful things can I use shredded branches for?

I will be carrying out some heavy pruning of some over grown trees (mixture of deciduous, fruit and a few conifers) over the next few months. I am already planning to save some of the thicker, ...
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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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Is it important to deal with gall wasps on oak trees? If so, what is the best method?

Gall wasps are a common problem here on the east end of Long Island. Oaks are a dominant species around here, and many clients rely on them for shade around their houses and yards. What should be done ...
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Nursing my green buttonwood back to health

What is eating my green buttonwood? I have included pictures below to show what I mean. I have seen what appears to be tiny black dots on the tree, but I haven't been able to get a great photo of ...
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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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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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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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What is wrong with my lemon tree? [duplicate]

Below is a picture of my lemon tree, which now have some sticky web infection. See left corner on the first picture. On the second picture is a close up of something that is being spread from the ...
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Is my lemon tree healthy?

I planted a seed I got from a grocery store lemon about 4 years ago and this is my tree today. It's not very big, and the branching is kind of weird. I don't mind if it produces fruit or not, I just ...
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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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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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What should I do about this sagging mandarin tree?

My mandarin tree started sagging when its fruit started coming in. Now most of the branches are sagging. My suspicion is that it was allowed to get too tall. I've roped it to minimise the chance of ...
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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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