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Uses for grapevine branches?

A side note re. burning them: A small German company (in German, sorry) sells them as charcoal alternative for grilling. The most important information as per their website and newspaper articles: ...
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Uses for grapevine branches?

Sure, you could put them in as woody material to compost slowly. You could also bundle them and burn. Some folks make baskets with them. Depending what you then do with them that could be either ...
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How should I treat a weigela bush with a large section of dead branches?

If this plant still has a good root system and is not dying due to being water logged or root rot then the tough love approach works: cut everything back to the ground when new growth starts ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

When you say pole saw I assume you mean a standard manual pole saw. If you're willing to spend a little money look into a chainsaw pole saw, that should tear through them in a hurry.
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have used high-quality Japanese saw blades to cut dry palm fronds (replacing them when they start getting dull). They cut through even dry fronds like butter (as long as the teeth are a good size: ...
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What should I do with a wind-harmed tree that will not regrow leaves?

The areas without leaves are dead. If you want to save the tree, cut them back to green growing limbs. Oak trees can be very resilient, and it might pull through, but regrowth will be slow, and it ...
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Part of fruit cocktail tree has died

The graft that dropped its leaves would be the apricot part, as nectarine and peach leaves look the same, and that's what's on those other two branches. I see from your comment: For those ...
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What can I do with a dead bonsai that was an anniversary gift?

Cut some slices from the trunk, polish them up, carve or don't or hire that out, hang on wires, give your wife earrings for the next anniversary. Or beads, or (if there's enough wood) make pocketknife ...
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

Scrape back the skin of the bark with your fingernail - do it near the base of the plant. If what's beneath is dry and brown, its dead - if there's any green or moisture, then it might recover - ...
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How can I revive a Meyer Lemon Tree with no leaves?

The hope seems pretty small, especially if it's been like this for any length of time. No leaves, sitting in a saucer-full of water. Either it's been soddened to death or it was parched to death ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I quickly gave up using a pruning pole saw, and now cut the dead fronds from my Washingtonias, and Phoenix palms, in minutes with cheap but efficient pruning shears which I bought from my local ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I always used a bow saw or pruning saw to trim my big and little palms. They will cut through anything. Not good for high stuff. Mine got so big I had to finally break down and hire someone to cut ...
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Japanese Maple shrub dying

They both look as if they're suffering from dieback, which is a common affliction with Acer palmatum varieties. I agree the worst affected one should be removed, but with the other, prune out the dead ...
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My ficus tree is not growing anymore

I would remove all dead, diseased and damage material from this plant first before even thinking of doing any remedial shaping or pruning. When other trees where I live begin to loose their canopies ...
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Ming Aralia is turning yellow and dropping branches

The usual cause of yellow leaves is overwatering. I don't see a drainage tray on the pot but even so as the typical soil less mix ages it compacts as the organic matter is used up. I recommend ...
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How to ensure survival and growth of broken cactus

Now you've cut off the top (which, by the way, is impossible to see, its so blurry, could be a tiny hedgehog for all I can tell, and it doesn't look particularly dead anyway), all you can do is wait ...
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How can I tell when a crab-apple tree is dead?

It doesn't look too good - I note the bark lower down on the main trunk appears to have a longitudinal crack and parts of the bark are lifting off. Try scraping back the surface on some of the smaller ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I use a battery and 12V reciprocating saw with a good Diablo DS0905FG5 blade from Home Depot and they cut like butter. If you don't like ladders, hire somebody!
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I'm in precisely the same position with my tall palms over 30 years old. I'm not certain about telescopic pole chainsaws, given the potential for hazardous kickback at extended heights. I'm presently ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

If you are going to completely cut down a larger palm tree, please be advised you will need probably 3 chainsaw blades because queen palms dull the blades very quickly (I have never seen this so fast ...
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What should I do with a wind-harmed tree that will not regrow leaves?

How long has that tree been staked? It looks like it has been years...The trunk actually thickens above the hoses...sigh. I would unshackle the poor thing and prune out all dead branches as well as ...
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One part of Blueberry bush blooming, rest of plant appears dormant or dead

As you have learned, the pH is an important factor, however the immediate concern seems to be that we don't know if the plant is dead or alive. There is a quick and simple test for this: choose a ...
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Japanese Maple shrub dying

Here are a few observations based on my experience with Maple. First, they tend to do better in a shaded area of the house. It does not take direct sunlight very well so depending on the location of ...
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What is my apricot tree problem?

If we go by pictures 3 and 4 numbered from the top, we see an example shoot. What we expect to see in a healthy tree is a number of growth segments (in the pictures we can see about 4 of these with ...
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English Ivy plant dying, with white spots at the base

Sclerotinia White Mold This plant is not looking like a keeper. I am worried this might be Sclerotinia. I can't see them but I get the feeling that you have spider mite as well. Not the deal ...
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Should I deadhead campanula?

Oh yes, I remember now, you asked another question on this plant before (Campanula poscharskyana 'Adansa'). Wait till all the flowers have faded, and cut off all flowered stems back to just leafy ...
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Is my Willow Tree dying or just needing TLC

I dont know this willow, but hanging willows are susceptible to water deprivation. They die back when people go on vacation when the trees rely on sewage or greywater. If this tree is near the drain ...
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Cherry tree ends of branches dying

I cannot give you much information. But one thing I could say is with what the leaf's look like. Its some kind of spore disease of some sort. they spread very easily. Droplets of rain can spread it ...
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Can my hemlock trees be saved?

It could be due to circling roots, borers, Wooly Aphid...hard to say without actually seeing the tree first hand. If you look at the limbs and see little white nodules on the bark...it's probably ...
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