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Questions About Aspen Trees

Asked by
SantaFeLady on
May 31, 2016
Santa Fe, NM

Q. Aspen Trees

I live in Santa Fe, NM at 6300 feet elevation. We bought our current house 5 years ago. It has several mature aspen trees. We have three aspen trees in the front yard, growing about 6 feet away from the house. Their trunks are about 6 to 8 feet away from each other. The tree in the middle is healthy, big dark green leaves, but the two on the left and right have very small, much paler green leaves. I have no idea how old these trees are. What could be causing the two outer ones to look so different from the middle one?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 2, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Aspens Trees need a slightly acidic soil to grow and thrive.

You can test the ph with a meter to see if this could be the issue.

You may also want to familiarize yourself with the growth rate and pattern of these trees, since they are very near your home.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/aspen/planting-quaking-aspen-tree.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-ph-plants.htm

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Asked by
Lori Kallberg on
April 24, 2017
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Q. Dying Aspen Trees

I have a home in Sisters Oregon. The aspen trees are getting a black mold or something all over the trunks. It almost look like they have been burned black. Also some others have a split in the bark that runs 4 or five feet lone. The leaves have not budded out yet so don’t know what they look like.
Thank you.
Lori

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 30, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

There are several disease and pests that can cause issues for the Aspen Trees.

It may be Sooty Bark Canker.
The images were not very clear, so this link may have more help for you.
http://csfs.colostate.edu/forest-management/common-forest-insects-diseases/common-insects-diseases-of-aspen/#1464022953476-df1454c8-30fc
You can also show the image to your local County Extension Office.
Here is a link to help you locate your nearest office.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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Asked by
pe1890 on
May 30, 2017
terre haute, in

Q. What fertilizer to use for an aspen @ sassafrass trees

What time of year and how much fertilizer do both trees require?

Asked by
billley on
July 12, 2017
Cloudcroft NM 88317

Q. Aspens from seed

I want to plant aspen seeds, and I\’ve read they start best in moist, well drained soil, on north an east facing slopes. But how deep should the seeds be planted? Soin tamed down, raked over or left loose? Direct sun, shade or mixed? Does time of year make much difference? This site is basically forest where aspens grow naturally, lots of rock, buried and loose. There are many pines and firs so acid soil.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 13, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

How To Start These Seeds:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 6 hours
Stratification: None required
Germination:Sow immediately. Surface sow and keep moist

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/aspen/planting-quaking-aspen-tree.htm

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Asked by
mr.a.rotheram on
January 23, 2018
dy115ts

Q. aspen/poplar trees.

Can aspen/poplar tree roots still grow when the tree is cut down?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 23, 2018
Certified Expert
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Absolutely! Were you wanting to kill off the tree, or did you want to try to get it to grow again?

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Asked by
Hexenkind on
June 9, 2018
Wendover Bucks UK

Q. European Aspen 🌳

Our neighbour has this tree in their garden- our houses were built around existing trees on this brown fill site. It is about 6 metres away from the house. The neighbours let a new tree grow unchecked up against our fence which is now 2 metres high. We have found large thick roots in our flower beds which lead throughout the lawn when we try and pull them up. They are continually throwing up new saplings- it is a nightmare. I like the sound of next door‘s tree in the wind, but are our houses compromised? Is there anything we can do? Should we inform the builder/council?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 9, 2018
Certified Expert
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Yes, our laws here are very different from yours. I would consult someone who would be familiar with the laws in your area. They will be able to help you figure out what to do regarding this situation.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 10, 2019

Q. Carpenter ants

I have this beautiful Quaking Aspen or Poplar tree. I think I might have damaged it by weedwhipping too close and creating a scar. Now there is a big hole and carpenter ants are climbing all over. Although it seems to be thriving! Are the ants harmful to my 3 years old tree? and what should I do?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 12, 2019
Certified Expert
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Yes they can be harmful. They use the wood decay cavity and usually don't invade live tissue, but with their nest and activity they can prevent normal closure of the wound.

You can use ant bait or spray drench the entry and surrounding area with ant insecticide as a contact knock down and residual preventive barrier.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/home-remedies-carpenter-ants.htm

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