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Old 07-30-2006, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to save a dying tree?

Because one of the trees that was planted in a garden bed next to my house was getting to large, I had to move it to a spot further away from the home.

Unfortunately, the leaves started to dry up and it appears that the tree is dying.

Any suggestions?
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to save a dying tree?

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Because one of the trees that was planted in a garden bed next to my house was getting to large, I had to move it to a spot further away from the home.

Unfortunately, the leaves started to dry up and it appears that the tree is dying.

Any suggestions?
How big is the tree? Did you move it or have a professional? How much root ball was moved? Were any of the limbs pruned to decreas the load on the roots? Was the soil watered in as the rootball was placed in the new location? This gets the soil thoroughly placed around the root ball.

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How big is the tree? Did you move it or have a professional? How much root ball was moved? Were any of the limbs pruned to decreas the load on the roots? Was the soil watered in as the rootball was placed in the new location? This gets the soil thoroughly placed around the root ball.

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The tree is about 6 or 7 feet tall. It was moved by my landscaper. I did not see how much of the rootball was moved. The lower limbs were pruned. I assume that the soil was watered.

The leaves have dried up on the tree. I'll get photos soon.
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The tree might just be in shock. Make sure it has enough water (1 inch per week). There really isn't much more you can do, other than a few prayers.
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The tree might just be in shock. Make sure it has enough water (1 inch per week).
That's probably what it is. I had my entire lawn removed and re-sodded 2 years ago and what few trees I have dropped their leaves due to shock (in May). All survived.
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The tree is about 6 or 7 feet tall. It was moved by my landscaper. I did not see how much of the rootball was moved. The lower limbs were pruned. I assume that the soil was watered.

The leaves have dried up on the tree. I'll get photos soon.
That is a small tree to move. If he did the job proberly there should be no problem. I do not know what kind of soil you have, but you may need to water every day for sometime and then go to every other day. Make sure you put enough water to reach to the bottom of the root ball. Do not just use your yard sprinklers for this watering. Place a small sprinkler at the base of the tree or use a hose with no sprinkler.

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The tree might just be in shock. Make sure it has enough water (1 inch per week). There really isn't much more you can do, other than a few prayers.
You are correct that it may be in shock.

One inch per week is insufficient for a just transplanted tree. That would be fine once it gets established again but in the meantime more is needed.

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So just watering?

No magic pill I can use?!
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Frequent watering also delivers much needed oxygen straight to the roots. Sometimes the planters compact the soil too much or plant the trees too deep.
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Might want to give a shot of 10-10-10 all purpose fertilizer.
I sprinkled it around a couple of newly planted fruit trees a couple of months ago, and the amount of new growth has been terrific.
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So just watering?

No magic pill I can use?!
Yes. Forgot about that. Root stimulator would be good to use. See your local nursery. People in mass merchandiser stores not likely to be knowledgable.

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Might want to give a shot of 10-10-10 all purpose fertilizer.
I sprinkled it around a couple of newly planted fruit trees a couple of months ago, and the amount of new growth has been terrific.
DO NOT NOW use any general purpose fertilizer. You to not want the nitrogen to stimulate leaf and limb growth. AFTER the tree has been in the ground a FEW MONTHS and shows signs of being well again use a SLOW RELEASE nitrogen product. Something like an organic 6-6-6 would be OK.

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