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What's wrong with this tree?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Dtl, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Dtl

    Dtl New Member

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    I just moved to a new house with this tree in the front yard. Almost every leaf looks like this. My other trees are fine but does this one have a disease & how can I help the tree? There was a lot of mulch built up around the tree and roots coming up to the surface and around the tree. Is this okay or not? How do I fix this assuming it's not okay? Thanks. I would appreciate any advice you can provide.

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    You can start by carefully chiseling the girdling roots do a search plenty of info about stem girdling roots.
    It appears to have leaf blister likely in some part caused by the conditions you found it in.
     
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    There is good news too it is not planted too deep. after removing the girdling roots cover with mulch to about 8 inches from the bark water only in droughts and then deep infrequent watering.
     
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    In winter clean the infected leaves and burn or dispose in garbage not compost.
     
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    Would putting a couple of bags of compost and manure be good for a tree like this. Some extra nutrients? Then add the bark? Curious since my friend has a tree in her yard with roots like that.
     
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    It wont hurt it at all, can only help, just stay away from the bark! Sometimes there are deficiencies usually micro nutrient but without a very thorough soil test in a proper lab what, "if any"deficient nutrient can't be determined. Organic is a good way to not over do anything. Just avoid using too much chicken litter.
     
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    Looks root bound. It was probably a container tree and who ever planted it didn't root prune it when it was planted. So the roots continued to go around in circles. You can still root prune it but it will be hard on one that size. What you need to do is somehow cut the roots in a strait line starting as close to the trunk as you can strait down and strait out from the trunk outward. I would do it in 3 spots equally spaced out. It would be helpful to pre soak the ground so digging will be easier. Make sure you do a utility check before you dig. I planted thousands of trees in yards and a lot of them were very close to utility lines.
    You might sacrifice a chainsaw blade and just cut the roots dirt and all. It gonna destroy the chain and maybe the bar as well. If you have some old chains and old bar, use that. I keep old bars and chains just for these kind of jobs.
    As for the spots on the leaves, it looks like sunburn after a rain. I'll bet it's just on the outer leaves and not on the inner leaves.
     

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