Q.What Type Of Root Stock Do They Use For Grafting Raywood Ash Trees?
We had 3 Ray wood ash trees that were about 14 ft tall, that all snapped off in a wind storm. They were staked but maybe to good? They are sprouting up the trunk but also new trees are coming up from the roots at the base of the tree. They look to be something different with fuller leaves. We are trying to decide which to keep of the two types. Any suggestions on what will thrive or be the most successful for growth? I have heard to cut the trunk and then wood glue over the end to prevent bugs and splitting?
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It is very hard to say, since different nurseries may or may not use different root stocks. It would be another type of Ash, though.
Still, that growth from the rootstock is heavily infected, as well. Those trees will not, likely, survive.
I notice that the soil is pretty much pure clay. This will be the reason behind the planting failure. The soil needs to be amended with PLENTY of organic material. Heavy clay soils can be bone dry on top, but saturated just an inch below the ground level. This means that whatever is planted in it (unless it is designed to handle clay) will suffer from suffocation and root rot.
Once you amend your soil, and kill off the infection, you can start with fresh trees and proper care.
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