I am wanting to plant where it is shady and moist under a large oak tree. Could you suggest plants that would be suitable?
I have an oak tree with branches falling off. The branches have raisin-like pods attached. What is this? I haven't been able to find any pictures of this online.
It sounds like the tree has cankers. There are several it could be but hypoxylon canker is the most common. This article will explain more: http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/popup.aspx?id=1262
What are some shrubs or flowers that I can plant about 10 feet from a 70-year-old oak tree? I'd like to create a garden area of sorts since I can't grow grass well, even 15 feet from the tree. Any suggestions on what would work? It's a part shade area.
You need plants that will grow in dry shade, and there are many. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/xeriscape-shade-plants-plants-for-dry-shade.htm
I am buying a house with a huge oak tree in the front yard. It has many high branches, plenty of leaves, and the bark looks healthy (to my inexperienced eyes anyway). The problem is that it has a folded, hollow area in one side of the trunk with dried wood visible. I don't know if this is a sign that the tree is unhealthy, or if it is just how the tree is growing. I am just trying to figure out if this tree is eventually going to be a risk to my house or not.
Most of the time, these hollows are not a problem. The center part of the tree is dead anyway, so it is not affecting the health of the tree. To be honest, it is probably a home to an animal. Keep an eye on it, though. As long as it stays dry, there is no problem, but if you see rot set in, which will be damp wood that crumbles easily, you will want to have an arborist treat it to save the tree.
We just moved an old oak woodpile. Most of the wood has decomposed, leaving about 5 inches of organic material with small pieces up to 6 inches. Should I rake out the larger pieces and cover the area with black plastic? Some wood had mold. Do I have to worry about that with a vegetable garden?
It will be a good place for a garden. The decomposing wood will help the plants. I would have the soil tested though, just in case. Sometimes the decomposition process can deplete the soil of nitrogen or make it acidic. As far as the larger chunks, as long as they are not interfering with your planting, you do not need to remove them.
We have a live oak that was planted as a baby about 15 year ago. Since then we have limbs that fall off the tree where the limbs meet the branch. Is this nomal or should we seek further help? These limbs are about three to four inches in diameter and they have live leaves on them.
You may want to seek the advice of an arborist who specializes in these trees. A few branches falling now and then should not be a concern, but this does not sound normal. It could be suffering from a disease of some sort.
We have two oak trees in the front yard in which the bark is separating from the tree. It is mainly on the bottom part of the tree. Is there anything we can do at this point? The trees are very large and give lots of shade, so we don't want to lose them.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/repairing-tree-bark-damage.htm