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Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Huffycat, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. Huffycat

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    this tree was planted 4 years ago it was planted by a tree service and is now about 15 feet high. It has developed multiple vertical cracks, one or two fairly deep. The tree was planted with the heavy wire basket still attached, is this the usual way to plant a large tree or is the basket causing a problem? Or is this something else
     
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    Pics?

    It is "normal" to leave the basket on...but it is not best practice. However, that is not likely causing problems this soon - or the problems you are describing.
     
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    I'll try to get pics tomorrow
     
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    This tree was planted in July 2012 and was about 15' then. I have attached pics. img_1147.jpg img_1148.jpg img_1149.jpg img_1150.jpg img_1151.jpg img_1152.jpg
     
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    frost cracking?
     
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    That is not frost cracking.

    The long lines are just the bark taking on its "normal" mature form. It doesn't stay smooth forever.

    The other is some kind of physical damage...but very minimal. Wouldn't worry about it.

    Look into having somebody do structural pruning - to improve long-term form. Shouldn't cost very much.

    Also might want to pull some vegetation and soil away from the base to find the root flare.
     

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