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How can I fix / heal a small hole in a tree?

I would suggest you simply leave the hook in place - its obviously been there for a while and has luckily not caused the tree any problems. If you remove it, that might leave an open wound, and there ...
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Why does my oak tree have clumps of leaves in the winter?

It's hard to be certain from just the picture, but that looks like mistletoe: https://tcrcd.net/brochures/pdf/Oak_Mistletoe.pdf.
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

The trees have probably got aphids. From the RHS website here: Ants may be found climbing plants with aphid colonies, they tend the aphids obtaining honeydew as a reward. The ants will remove aphid ...
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

I agree with the other answers, you probably have an aphid infestation. But rather than spraying your trees to get rid of the aphids, you may try putting a ring of glue on your tree, to get rid of the ...
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What is the most efficient way to remove a row of bushes?

Time efficient? Hire a bulldozer. Push the debris into a pile, have a load or two of manure (chicken is great, horse may be easier to find and also works well) dumped over the pile. Wait two or ...
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What is this thorny tree with small, oval leaves, and seed pods?

It looks like a Honey Locust. Not sure what it's doing in South Africa though, as it is native to North America. Someone must have planted it there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_locust. Edit: ...
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How should I deal with tree root pushing on brick retaining wall?

If you cut the root you will damage the leaves that are fed by that root. That root also provides structural stability. A better idea is to rebuild or remove the retaining wall in that area. The ...
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What is a good method for planting Ball and Burlap trees?

Time of year: Any time of year works, as long as the ground is not frozen, or the air very hot and dry. Obviously frozen ground will be 'hard to work with', and you will not be able to plant the tree ...
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Planting magnolia tree a little 'high'

There are a couple of problems with your description of how you're going to plant this tree. First, no plant should be planted less than a foot (as a minimum) away from a fence or wall, so if you ...
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How should I save an oak tree wounded by ground root removal?

I had a large (massive) Elm tree that had all the roots on one side cut about 6 feet from the tree due to an idiot plumber running a sewer pipe. This was a deep trench, too. I used an in-ground ...
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Unknown flowering tree, what is it?

I think it is Magnolia stellata: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_stellata
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Why does my lemon tree have multi-colored leaves and strange-looking fruit?

This plant is variegated and is likely to be Citrus limon 'Eureka Variegated Pink'. Described by the New York Times as A mutant found on an ordinary Eureka lemon tree in Burbank, Calif., around ...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

No, you shouldn't interfere with them or damage them in any way, you may compromise the tree if you do. If possible, remove the grass that's near the roots, plant ground cover instead or just mulch ...
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What is this tall tree with narrow leaves and sweet red fruit?

Looks like Cornus Kousa luckily an edible fruit if you tried it before asking!
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Any way to save a large tree that's starting to split/crack down the middle?

Consult a tree surgeon. If you want to save it, it might be possible to cable the top parts (not "tie a rope around") to keep it from spreading wider. Depending on the decay of the trunk, this might ...
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Pruning a weeping mulberry

Oh my goodness. Do you understand the treasure you have? Find a master pruner to create a covered walkway! How wonderful. If you destroy this tree I will haunt you when I am dead! (Grins). That ...
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Does moss harm the tree it grows on?

Moss will not harm the tree! Good news indeed because the forests around here would be in BIG trouble! Moss does not have true roots - their "roots" are just for the purpose anchoring themselves to ...
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Name of Southern California tree with a peeling bark?

This looks like a Cajeput Tree. It grows in southern California, has the "shedding" tree trunk, the leaf shape appears to be a match, (linear) as well as the color of the branches and shoots.
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What is this tree with twisted bark, fern-like leaves and bright red flowers?

This is a Delonix regia, a tree very similar to more famous Albicia julibrissin, but with entirely different flowers: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia On propagation, from www.thespruce....
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What's the name and purpose of this metallic frame at the base of a tree?

The most common names for such structures are 'metal tree guard' and 'metal tree trunk guard'. The purpose is to protect the tree from mechanical impact of other heavy moving objects, such as cars, ...
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Help identify this tree

This is a bald cypress, also known as swamp cypress, and also known as Taxodium distichum. It is a magnificent tree, and one of rare deciduous conifers. If you plant this tree, you get some of the ...
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How does tree sap go up

You're right in that an element of capillary action is involved in the process. The usual explanation for how fluids flow through xylem tissue is to do with the interconnected process of transpiration....
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What is this spiky tree?

This looks like Zanthoxylum clava-herculis to me based on the distinctive look and region that you mentioned. It's also known as the Hercules' club, pepperwood, or southern prickly ash: Here's the ...
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Very few needles on lower spruce branches

I live in a region where Norway spruce grows wild, and in my experience, the lower shaded branches shedding their needles and dying is perfectly normal for these trees. For the tree, there's no point ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

Judging by the new growth being red, I'd say these were Photinia fraserii 'Red Robin'. I can't tell if they're pleached or not, can't see any framework within the foliage, so its possible they're just ...
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Any way to save a large tree that's starting to split/crack down the middle?

Yes, a professional arborist could save the tree using cabling and bolts as the practical Ecnerwal illustrates. This would be something you would do as soon as possible. It appears that the two ...
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Spacing for semi dwarf cherry trees?

You won't find what you're looking for because that information doesn't exist. Planting of fruit trees is done according to how they're going to be trained and pruned, so, if you were growing trees ...
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