How to save a dying mulberry tree?
I moved into a house in Cape Coral, Fl a few months ago. The mulberry tree in the backyard at first had holes in it from silkworms. However now the entire tree seems to be quickly dying, I pick up baskets of dead dried up leaves every day. There are empty branches that can be seen in the photos and the majority of the leaves still on the tree are discolored. I’ve contacted multiple tree companies and none have come out to look at the tree. I’ve purchased fruit tree food and given it that, and I have sprinklers and there’s still plenty of rain. Does anyone have any ideas of what could be wrong with the tree and/or if there’s anything I can do to save it? Thank you so much for any advice in advance!
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I suspect that the tree is being over-watered. If there is "still plenty of rain", then put the irrigation on manual and don't water unless the soil becomes dry. Mulberry trees don't need a lot of water and fertilization.
There are a number of fungal and bacterial diseases that are possible, but on site inspection and laboratory identification may be needed for a definitive diagnosis.
Tree services are probably busy with storm damaged trees and clean up. And not many have strong diagnosis and treatment programs.
Contact Bartlett Tree Service in Naples. They are a national company with a strong Plant Health Care program.