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Can this tree be saved?

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by aRabidLunatic, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. Apr 24, 2020 at 6:11 PM
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    aRabidLunatic

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    Guys, probably a dumb question but is there any point in keeping this tree? The whole top half is dead.

    tree.jpg
     
  2. Apr 24, 2020 at 6:12 PM
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    Azblue

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    I'm no arborist, but I don't think so.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2020 at 7:13 PM
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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    If only the top half is dead as it appears in the pic, you could cut it off above the top limb that is still alive, then wait and see. Not to be funny, but I could say that would be about 50/50 that it would survive.

    That said, it depends on why it’s not healthy. If it has a parasite (mine had a beetle), it probably won’t survive.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2020 at 7:21 PM
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    The dead part needs to be cut off. You may not like it much after that.
    I would be prone to replace it with something that thrives in your area.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2020 at 7:35 PM
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    If it is any type of ash, no way. I had one die because of the Ash Bore.
    Sucks.
     
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    Depends on why it’s dead. If it’s a parasite then probably not. Check for beetles and parasites either way you’d have to remove the absolute dead portion and correct what caused its to die to begin with.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2020 at 8:42 PM
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    I don't think I watered it enough. Had another tree of the same kind die in the backyard
     
  8. Apr 24, 2020 at 9:27 PM
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    trees typically die from the top down.
    I'd say she's a gonner

    ..Slayer
     
  9. Apr 25, 2020 at 5:37 AM
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    That appears to be a fairly young white oak tree. Young trees, even old trees, will require watering when it doesn't rain. It's becoming an issue even for wild trees in Texas.

    The new leaves that came back look healthy now, so I would give it another year. Starting at the very top, prune all the dead wood off. You'll also want to prune away all those trash suckers coming up from the base. Check the top central trunk closely to confirm it's dead before you prune the central trunk back. If you have to cut off the central trunk, then that tree is done. It will always be a squatty, misshappen bush...replace it.

    Scratch a small place in the tender bark of branches without leaves down to the wood core. If the inner lining of the bark is green, that area is NOT DEAD. If it's brown and dry, prune it off cause it's not coming back. If the tree continues to die back this growing season, then it has a problem and will probably be dead next year anyway. Water it well this spring/summer.
     
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  10. Apr 25, 2020 at 5:41 AM
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    I prefer to look at it as half alive.
     
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  11. Apr 25, 2020 at 5:43 AM
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  12. Apr 25, 2020 at 5:49 AM
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    R&R that tree.
     
  13. Apr 25, 2020 at 6:13 AM
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  14. Apr 25, 2020 at 6:32 AM
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    Thanks everyone, going to dig it out today
     
  15. Apr 26, 2020 at 2:47 PM
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    You could wait until Christmas and do a Charlie Brown theme in the yard using that tree as a real Charlie Brown Christmas tree...

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. Apr 26, 2020 at 2:58 PM
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    Explosives are quicker.
     
  17. Apr 26, 2020 at 2:59 PM
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    Saved for firewood :D
     
  18. Apr 26, 2020 at 3:05 PM
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    Bend the branches a little. If they break off easy and are dry inside, it’s dead. If not, it’s not fully out of its dormant stage.

    if the top part is dead, just cut that off and it will continue to grow.
     
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  19. Apr 27, 2020 at 1:01 PM
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    Ended up taking it down. Thanks everyone!
     

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