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Q.Downed Tree

Anonymous added on March 8, 2011 | Answered

I have a small Spruce tree (15-20 feet in height, trunk is about 8-inch diameter) that fell from the weight of snow and wind. About half of the root system is still in the ground. The tree appears to still be alive. Can this tree be saved?

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Answered on March 9, 2011

I would go ahead and set it back into the ground. It will need lots of water to help it re-grow roots and you may want to prune back some of the branches to help offset the loss of the roots. Also, use a high phosphorus fertilizer on the tree. This will encourage root growth.

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