Trimming Newly Planted Eucalyptus
Can a newly planted Eucalyptus, approx. 2 feet tall that has been in the ground about 3 months and growing, be trimmed to get lower branches off grass? Also, the leaves have some grey looking spots on them, can you suggest what it might be and a fix?
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It is better to wait until it has been planted for at a least a year or two before pruning. However, if all you want is to remove the branches on the grass, this should be ok.
The grey sounds like sooty mold, which is a symptom of several kinds of pests. I recommend treating the plants with neem oil. This will kill any pests on the plant and treat the sooty mold as well. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm