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Asked by
george.edna on
August 24, 2019
ab51 5bs
Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 26, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

It would be hard to pin down without seeing the tree in question. I can take a few guesses and get you started in the right direction, though.

Usually, this is an indication that it was overwatered. This will lead to an infection which will show as you have described. If the conditions are not wet, or have not been wet, and you are sure that you tree has had a period to dry out thoroughly between waterings then you can rule this out. This article will help you with fungicide use to correct this: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm

Pests, such as biting insects can cause brown spotting and leaf problems. This will take a pesticide to correct. These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/natural-home-pesticides-organic-garden-pest-control.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/what-are-organic-pesticides.htm

Last, could be a nutrient deficiency. In this case, it depends on how the spots show up, where they are located, and the pH of the soil. A soil test will help you to determine what the soil is lacking in.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 4, 2019

Q. Can you tell me what went wrong with the middle tree?

These 3 trees appeared equally healthy 4 months ago. About 2 months ago, the middle one started looking sick and has continually declined since then. Can you tell me what’s wrong with the middle tree? And how to prevent something similar in the future when we replace the dead tree?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 8, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

It's hard to say when the tree is this far gone. Did you notice anything amiss such as discolored leaves, spots on leaves or stems, leaf wilting? Are they all three the same type of tree or was it different? Do they all have similar cultural requirements? I would consult the local extension agent and discuss the tree's appearance before it died.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

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Asked by
Jrond11 on
September 6, 2019
Warminster,pa. 18974

Q. Tag left in tree branch

A tag was left on a main branch of a young tree and the tree is growing around it. Will there be a problem down the road? The company that planted it says it is not a big deal and won’t honor the warranty. will there be a problem down the road?
Thank you
John

Answered by
MichiganDot on
September 6, 2019
A.

Trees have a mechanism to sequester and fix problems very similar to humans forming scabs. But it isn't perfect and some trees are better at it than others. An open wound that doesn't heal is an invitation for pests and disease. An attempt should be made to remove the tag. If bark has already grown around it, severe it in several places so it isn't constricting. Once cut, see if the tag can be pulled through. Whether not removing a tag constitutes breach of contract or covered by warranty protection is a legal question I'm not qualified to answer.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 13, 2019

Q. Rooted transplants from large bush

I took some rooted transplants from a friend’s large bush and a couple of them are 4 and 5 feet tall with growth only on the tops. If I cut a foot or two off will they branch out from the main stock? And should I wait until they are dormant to do it?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 14, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Are they planted? If not, go ahead and plant them first and let the roots get established before you prune. Depending on what the plants are, their dormant season would be the best time to cut them back. Generally if they bloom in spring, don't trim till after they flower. If they bloom in summer or fall, it's usually OK to prune in late winter or early spring.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/rejuvenation-pruning-tips.htm

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Asked by
dianeschofield2 on
October 8, 2019
OL8 2TD

Q. Tall Plants

I am converting my back garden to container grown perennial flowering shrubs and shrubs with magnificent foliage. What do you advise for tall plants?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 9, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

One of my favorites for this application is the Sky Pencil Holly. This tall shrub is perfect for container.

Here are some articles that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/potted-shrubs-growing-shrubs-in-containers.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/care-of-sky-pencil-holly.htm

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