Top Questions About Shrubs And Trees

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Questions About Shrubs And Trees

Asked by
sfunsten on
December 14, 2010

Q. What Are the Different Sizes of Containers That Trees Are Sold In?

I am considering buying some trees for planting in my front. I am not familiar with the “language” used by gardeners to describe tree size. I know about 5, 10 and 15 gallon containers – but what is the actual size in length of trees that are sold in said containers? Also, what is the actual size (on average) of trees sold in 24 inch box containers?

Answered by
Heather on
December 14, 2010
Certified Expert
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There is no set answer for this because there are several things that influence what size the tree is. These things range from the variety of tree to the business practices of the company you are buying from. It is not something that can be generalized because tree heights and sizes vary by so much.

In general, the larger the container, the older and larger the tree. You would need to contact the specific companies you are looking to buy from and ask them how they determine the tree you are looking to purchase is repotted in larger pots. An example might be that the nursery keeps 2-3 year old maples in 5 gallon, 4 year old in 10 gallon and 5 year old in a 15 gallon.

Frankly, having to ask the company about something like this is a good test of the company. If they cannot or will not answer this question, then they might not be the best company to buy from in the first place.

Sorry that I can't be more help with this.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 31, 2011

Q. Removing Dead Tree and Replanting New One

I heard that if you remove a dead tree it is not a good idea to plant another one in the same spot. Is there a certain time frame for doing this? What are the consequences if we plant immediately in the same spot as dead tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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The reason it is not considered a good idea is because normally a tree dies from a disease and the next tree can be killed by the same disease. Plus, the weakened root system, which tends to live beyond the top of the tree, can attract disease.

If you feel the tree that was there before was disease free and died of other causes, you should be ok planting a new tree there.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 8, 2011

Q. Pieces of Tree Bark on Roots of Trees

I’ve heard so many different things about putting tree bark on tree roots. Does this hurt or damage the tree in any way?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 9, 2011
Certified Expert
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Just get the soil tested, as decomposing wood can cause acidic soil occasionally. Other than that, it should not be an issue.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 24, 2011

Q. Foliage Spraying

How long should pets and humans remain inside after foliage (tree) spraying?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
Certified Expert
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It really depends on the type of spray used. Some you can go out immediately, and others you should wait a few hours.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 25, 2011

Q. Tree Sucker

How do I transplant my tree sucker?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 26, 2011
Certified Expert
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When you remove them from the mother tree, make sure that they have some roots on them. I would actually pot them up and keep them in a somewhat shady location and keep them well watered until you see them producing new growth. Then you can transplant to a new location and treat as you would any other newly planted tree.

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Asked by
foxtail on
June 3, 2011

Q. transplanting trees from woods to pots

My daughter is getting married in the fall. They are very country calm people. We want to decorate the hall for the reception to look outdoors. Can I dig up small trees from the country and plant in pots and use them that way? Also, should I dig them now and take care of them all summer or wait until September? We live in northeast Missouri. I have a rain barrel, so I could water them with great water.

Answered by
Heather on
June 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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As long as they are smaller trees, yes, you can do this. The larger the tree, the more likely it is to go into shock and die when move, especially when moved into a pot.

If you plan on doing this, I would do so now and keep them well watered. This will allow them to acclimate to the pots and they will be healthy looking by the wedding. If you do it close to the wedding, the trees may go into shock and not have time to recover from teh shock before the wedding.

This article may be helpful:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 4, 2011

Q. Mold On Leaves

I have mold on very few leaves, and I have four trees growing together. Also, I have small trees growing around an area of trees. Are these trees or suckers growing? And can I transplant them?

Answered by
Jackie on
June 9, 2011
A.

Wet weather has resulted in molds growing where we don't normally see them. Use a broad spectrum fungicide on your trees. As for the suckers, think of them as branches. There are no roots to transplant. Cut them off at the ground.

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