We live in West Texas (Midland) and we have 3 large Mulberry trees and one of them has lots and lots of suckers growing on the the branches, and the tree is not budding out like it always has or like the other 2 trees are. What is causing this and what do we need to do about it?
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Those suckers growing on your branches are known as water sprouts. Their presence is a possible indication of tree decline due to any number of stressors such as root damage, storm damage, loss of branches, topping, disease, over-pruning, improper thinning, drought, etc. You are going to want to remove those water sprouts as soon as they form and most importantly, try to determine the cause of your tree's decline.
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after the drought we have had and now getting rain the tree has sent its root out and down searching for water. now it has too much. cut off as many suckers as you can reach. the trees should stabilize soon