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by Appledoc
Tue May 10, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: Dealing with Damage to Trees and Shrubs
Topic: tree damage
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Re: tree damage

If the wound is on the south side of the trunk, it could have happened as a result of winter injury. If bare wood is exposed under the flap, there isn't much value in trying to fasten a dead flap down to close the wound. You might as well cut it off so it allows the area underneath to dry out more q...
by Appledoc
Tue May 03, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Shrubs including Evergreens
Topic: Disease - Nellie Stevens Holly
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Re: Disease - Nellie Stevens Holly

C., Is there any chance that something might have been wrapped around the tree and the bark grew over it but it is still girdling the tree? Some types of wire (e. g. copper) can be toxic when absorbed into the tree. I'm curious and trying to imagine what would have been wrapped around the tree in th...
by Appledoc
Sun May 01, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: arborvite
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Re: arborvite

If you cut into the bark of the twigs inside the tree and you find it is fresh and green under the bark, the foliage is dying off due to shading, not from a disease. You also might see some small twigs that have died inside the tree due to shading and that would be a normal response.

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by Appledoc
Sun May 01, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Tree Culture including growing and fertilizing
Topic: Weeping Flowering Crab Apple Tree
Replies: 1
Views: 665

Re: Weeping Flowering Crab Apple Tree

Janelle, It sounds like your weeping crabapple variety is probably grafted on top of a more uppright understock, and the strong upward growing branches are sprouting off of that. You might confirm that if there is a different appearance of the leaves or flowers on the two parts of the tree. Also, yo...
by Appledoc
Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Tree Culture including growing and fertilizing
Topic: Mom's Forsythia
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Mom's Forsythia

If the Forsythia hasn't been pruned much and the shoots were allowed to grow out and touch the ground, you might find that they have already rooted there and you can dig those up, trim them back if necessary, and transplant them into pots or wherever. If they don't bloom until mid to late May at you...
by Appledoc
Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Trees including Evergreens and Ornamentals
Topic: peach tree
Replies: 1
Views: 476

Re: peach tree

I have seen termites infesting old commercial peach trees so, yes, it is quite possible. It is hard to say if the termites were the only cause for the tree death and it sounds like maybe they were already declining. I doubt that healthy peach trees would have become infested and suddenly died solely...
by Appledoc
Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: What to do with these Cherry Trees, they look sick, Help!
Replies: 1
Views: 753

Re: What to do with these Cherry Trees, they look sick, Help

Paul, I suspect that the bark-splitting on the lower part of the weeping cherry trunk is due to winter injury. This most commonly occurs on the south or southwest side of the tree when the suns strikes directly at a low angle and may be reflected from snow, resulting in warming of the trunk, then ab...
by Appledoc
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:11 am
Forum: Fruits & Berries
Topic: plum curcullio problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1517

Re: plum curcullio problem

northernspygirl, I assume you have correctly identified your plum curculio problem based on the diagnostic crescent-shaped wounds the female makes during the 30-day egg-laying period: http://www.virginiafruit.ento.vt.edu/PCApple.html The adults overwinter in the top few inches of leaf litter. They i...
by Appledoc
Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Tree Culture including growing and fertilizing
Topic: Apple Seedling Help
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: Apple Seedling Help

Marcia, I'm guessing you are at a location where you are getting cold weather now, so your tender, actively growing seedling would be killed if you try to plant it out now. (Been there; done that!). You can try to grow it as best you can through the winter, then plant it out after all danger of fros...
by Appledoc
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Weak Crape Myrtle
Replies: 3
Views: 614

Re: Weak Crape Myrtle

If it were mine, I wouldn't prune it now because of a concern about stimulating late season growth which would make it more sensitive to freeze injury that could be as bad for the crape myrtle as snow damage. Maybe you can avoid serious snow damage by tying the branches together or supporting them s...

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