Can I save this tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BLC1, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    The trees were planted this spring. The one on the left was blown over early in the spring before being staked. Please let me know if you think it can be saved.

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  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get a white paper and tap a branch over it. See if there are spider mites first of all. If you have them they will clamber around on the paper.

    Can you get a shot of the trunk as it enters the ground?

    I think you have root ball damage and spider mites.

    I do not know if you will be able to save it.
     
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Perhaps this will help. You may have already done this....

    Make sure your root zone is draining properly. If it is clay soil it won't. You need to dig a hole two to three times the width of the root ball, and scarate the sides of the clay. Possibly even channel excess water away by cutting through the clay.

    Also, check the root ball for air pockets. Do this by getting down there, and pushing your fingers deep in between the strands of roots. Make sure there are no voids. Pack it in with soil.

    Water in with a transplant fertilizer, 10-52-10.

    Stake your trees for no longer than two years maximum, so that they will develop good trunk taper, roots and stability.
     
  4. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    I will get some more pictures in the morning and also check for the mites. Thanks!
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The pix came through this time... it looks exactly like some of my spruce trees look right now as well... not enough water to survive the excessive heat... if those are B&Bs it would be smart to open the tops and flood the rootballs then check your drainage... very little time left for the one who's top is dead... that one might be thrown away anyways becuz it will never look right in the landscape... good luck...
     
  6. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I did the white paper trick and did have a few mites show up. I will attach some more pictures.

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  7. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Nightly bump
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Crown buried in mulch as well... whoever planted that tree did not do a good job at all...
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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  10. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    It's time to get a new tree:)
     

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