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Decorative Mulching Options for Base of Tree?

I'd like to put something decorative in the circle of dirt between the mulch ring and the base of a tree. Are there any options that are considered acceptable? A thin layer of decomposed granite? ...
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Is it safe to prune redbud in summer?

I have a young (2-3 year old) redbud tree that has some low branches that are sagging and need to be pruned. I know the preferred time of year to do so has already passed (early summer, just after ...
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Is there anything I can do to help my weeping Elm tree?

I have an old Elm tree on my property, probably 80+ feet tall. It has a hole in the side that weeps. Is there anything I can do to help it?
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How much damage will tree house, swings, etc., do to my linden tree? How to reduce damage?

I have a large linden tree in my backyard (see photos below). Going by the age of the house, it could be up to 100 years old. I estimate the height at 45-50 ft, and diameter of trunk roughly 3 ft. ...
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Identify tree with bright magenta flowers and grayish leaves

Blooms around May in the Pacific Northwest.
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Lilac Tree Branches Suddenly Dying

I have a Japanese Lilac Tree that was fine 2 weeks ago now there is 2 dead branches and 1 that is starting to die. They are not isolated and are random, with the first near the base of the canopy one ...
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Dwarfing a tree

I wanna know whether if I can use any rootstock to dwarf a tree, or I need to use a specific rootstock and if so what types give what sizes and where to get them. And how do I dwarf a tree in general. ...
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What plant might this be? Think it might be cherry

Found this in my backyard, thought it might be black cherry or cherry laurel, but the leaves don't really match up. Some of the stems are red.
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What plant is this? Might be a tree, but still a sapling. No flowers yet

Found this in my backyard, has been growing for 1-2 years.
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What type of hazelnut is this?

Can anyone tell me what type of hazelnut is this? Apparently it's resistant to drought and it's likely to be an Italian one. I searched online and it's similar looking to one type, but don't want to ...
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Prognosis on Bracket/Shelf Fungus?

This is a fairly recent (last few weeks) development: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t2luwy7cuuss1c7/2020-07-18%2014.17.19.jpg https://www.dropbox.com/s/pcj9g72eh5sh7ig/2020-07-18%2014.17.24.jpg It appears ...
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Is this lichen or some other fungus on my palm tree?

I was pulling weeds and noticed the trunk of this palm tree in my backyard has a lot of moss on it. A google search described lichen but I’m not sure it looks the same as what the images of lichen on ...
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How to best convert field into forest?

I have a long stretch of yard where I want to allow some of it to grow into a forested backstop / wind-block / nature promotion (birds, squirrels...whatever) It has been just grass for a long time, ...
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Will animal burrowing under tree damage the tree?

There is an animal burrowing under one of my trees. The hole is 2 or 3 inches in diameter, and I'm fairly certain it's chipmunks. However, my main concern is the overall health of the tree. As you can ...
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Is it normal for an oak tree to slough off its thick bark without it growing back?

I have several oak trees in my forested back yard that are in various stages of loosing a thick outer layer of bark, revealing thinner whitish bark underneath. Once this bark is lost, it doesn't ...
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Why are these tree branches growing downward?

The trees on my property tend to grow their branches downward, like this: It looks to me like they're just crowded and reaching for some sunlight, but I'm starting to worry about their health and ...
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Is my bonsai tree still alive even though its leaves are dry and brown?

About four months ago I watered my bonsai tree but it didn't soak in any water. Its leaves just hung. I changed its soil and removed all the rotten roots but nothing changed. Eventually, its leaves ...
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Extra soil near an existing tree

I have a steep hill and in attempting to control erosion I built a small bricked wall (18" tall") and filled behind it with soil. The wall is within the branches of a 15 year old maple. ...
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What is wrong with my tree?

There is a tree in my backyard that has gone quite black around the trunk. The bark seems to be splitting and a liquid is collecting on the ground near the black area. Bugs and insects have also taken ...
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I have a 11+year old 15ft tree in AZ that has only one live, leafy, seeding, healthy branch, all others are dead, can I save it?

I have a 15foot tree in front that has one living, healthy branch loaded with leaves with about 12+ totally dead, dried out branches? There are a few small branches sprouting from the living branch ...
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Should I expect multiple weeks of tree shock if I plant bare root?

Linda Chalker Scott (The Informed Gardener, and "The Great Courses" teacher for The Science of Gardening) suggests clearing off as much of the material from the roots of a tree before ...
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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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Lilac tree disease

I have a pair of lilacs, very close together, which have been fine for ten years. This year they have hardly any leaves (just patches of them) and what appears to be a whiteish and partly yellowish ...
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Plum Tree/Bush Mystery

We purchased our home two years ago and inherited what the former owner called two young "plum trees". Is this in fact a plum tree/bush? If so, what kind is it? What can I do to encourage ...
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Re: Apple tree regrowth after original cut down

I read the discussion about regrowth from a root, [or the rootstock] when the grafted variety had been felled. I reversed a car into a small named apple tree and damaged the tree so badly cutting it ...
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The leaves on my huge oak tree are being eaten by caterpillars

If all the leaves on my ancient huge oak tree are eaten by caterpillars, will the tree still survive? What can I do to save it? At this point in time I feel absolutely helpless. Please, if anybody ...
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What's this tree with slightly hairy green leaves with white veins and borders?

I got a hold of this tree recently (it was in my backyard when I moved in), and want to find out what specific tree it is so I can make sure my care is appropriate. Click to expand pics: As the first ...
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Help identifying wild Irish tree

I've been trying to identify this tree, found along the roadside in a hilly area of southwest Ireland (Cork). Some features: Small, stiff, serrated leaves that look slightly similar to holly but not ...
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Should I do something about the curve in this sapling?

Earlier this year I was given and planted a few oak saplings. I've noticed that one has a significant curve. The trunk comes straight up out of the ground and curves sideways. The new growth since it ...
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What's this tree in Massachusetts?

This is the closest photo I could get of the leaves (it's a very tall tree). The leaves are large, bright green, and the tree has white flowers. Does anyone recognize it?
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How can I fix / heal a small hole in a tree?

The people who lived in my house before me apparently screwed a hook into 2 of my trees. (It looks like they probably had a clothes line between these 2 trees.) The hooks are still there screwed in ...
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Training a spindly oak tree

I have an oak sapling, self seeded (or by a squirrel) about 7 years ago. It is now over 2.5 meters (8 feet). It had a pair of leaders at about 1 meter, one of which was removed last year. In addition ...
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How can I save my Cedar Bonsai?

This is the current state of my baby bonsai. I live in Istanbul. I put this in front of my window facing north. This is a 3 years old bonsai grew from the seed. This issue started 3 weeks ago, I ...
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Cherry Tree Leaves

I noticed today the out side perimeter of the cherry tree leaves are red is this a problem? I've had the cherry tree for two months and its in the ground here in sunny La Verne CA... I have attached ...
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Any help to identify problem

I have inherided this tree with my house (evergreen but unsure of type) and I have just noticed this white soft pouch like thing under most of the large branches.... Spider nests? Or fungus? I'm in ...
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Please can someone identify this tree (UK)?

This UK garden tree has some kind of berries or seed pods but we can't find anything that matches it.
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Should I let new Ash trees grow up after emerald ash borer attack

I bought a house on 1.5 acres about 2 years ago, and by the time I got there, all of the large ash trees were killed off by emerald ash borer. I'd say there were 5 really large ashes that have already ...
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Letting a sucker replace a dead tree

We have a Kentucky coffee tree that we planted in April 2019. Last fall we had an early hard freeze that damaged many of the trees around here, and appears to have completely killed the coffee tree. ...
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Should I allow grass to grow around the base of trees?

I recently bought a house and the grounds were professionally landscaped, so all the trees have mulch circles around them of about 6-12 feet in diameter depending on the size of the tree. Originally ...
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What kind of oak-like tree is this in New York?

There's only one tree of this kind around, and it's growing in a marshy field area. Does anybody know what it is? It looks oak-like but the leaves don't match up exactly with any oak variety I know of....
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What type of fig to plant in the Netherlands

I have a garden that I would like to grow a fig tree in, currently it already has a fig, however the fig in question doesn't make a lot of fruit and we would like to get a 2nd one that does make a lot ...
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What color are Commiphora Myrrha flowers?

Commiphora Myrrha is the tree species that is used to obtain the resin Myrrha. It is easy to find photos of the flowers of other Commiphora species, such as Commiphora Habessinica (Abyssinian) -- ...
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Mulberry tree dying

new mulberry tree from grower, dying off leaves not growing and drying. Noticed 2 separate holes where its weeping on trunk Is this some boring bug? See pics
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What is this tree I found in Mississippi?

I moved to northeastern Mississippi and found this tree in my backyard. What is it?
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Tree recommendation for Fort Collins, Colorado

I am shopping for a tree for my yard. I have tried the local government website, and it literally gives me just a list of hundreds of trees... https://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/garden/...
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Mango Tree Young & Old Leaves Curling, Turning Crispy, Drooping, and Browning at the Tips

My tree is grown under a 2000W grow light a little over 3 feet away from the top of the foliage in 70F indoor weather. I figured I had a salt toxicity problem with my old clay pot full of salt all ...
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what kind of tree is this in central Florida?

Tree with dark green leaves on the right, not the pine on the left. in very sandy soil. wondering if will be difficult to transplant? does it have thorns? deep hard roots? What time of year good time ...
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How to prune cherry tree to grow evenly?

I have a cherry tree that until September was overshadowed by much larger trees. As a result the tree has no growth on one side. I took the larger trees down and had hoped that this season would bring ...
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What kind of tree is this, and is the white “powder” on some leaves mean it's diseased?

I live in southern California and moved into a new house a few months ago which had this tree planted in front of the house. When we moved in, it was basically bare, but over the past couple months ...
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Avocado Tree Pot Size - Start Large or Increase Over Time

I am buying a 3 foot tall avocado tree (¼-½ in. diameter stem) that I want to keep potted long term as opposed to planting in the ground. Is it better to repot the new tree in a slightly larger pot ...

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