Ornamental Trees

Trees – Straightening A Bent Trunk

Q: I have two fifteen-foot tall trees that were previously crowded by bamboo. They grew at an angle in search of sunlight. Is it possible to straighten the trees with a guy wire attached to a nearby huge poplar? A:...

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Crapemyrtle – Post Pruning Stickers

Q: The crepe myrtles at church were pruned way back from a bush to a tree. Now they have suckers all over the base. Is there anything I can put on the stump around the remaining trunks to prevent sprouts?...

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Crapemyrtle – Cut To The Ground

Q: What the chances are of a very big crepe myrtle coming back from being cut completely down by a tree company? The instructions were to prune it back but now it’s completely gone except the flat surface of the...

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Tree Limbs – Post-Removal Care

Q: Is there a good sealant to spray where tree limbs are removed? A: No sealant is needed or recommended after removing a limb. Trees repair wounds by internally “walling off” the damaged area. Tar and other materials retard the...

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Dogwood – Grass Growing Beneath

Q: Writing in your recent email newsletter about dogwood twig borer, you told the questioner that grass growing under a dogwood can have a detrimental effect on the tree. We have vinca vine growing under our 30-year-old dogwood. The tree...

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Pine – Fighting Bark Beetle

Q: Is there anything I can do to stop or delay the onset of a pine bark beetle attack? A: The best defense is to help the trees fight their own fights. To that end, keep the trees watered in...

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Crapemyrtle – Tree or Bush?

Q: Would crape myrtles be classified as a tree or large bush? Our neighborhood is ten years old and many homeowners are removing their oaks and maples and replacing with crape myrtles. A: I think the definition varies according to...

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Cypress – Tips To Pruning

Q: I have large Leyland cypresses which I would like to prune. The trees are twenty feet wide and thirty feet tall. I want to prune back three feet at the bottom of the trees all the way around. But...

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Pine – Providing Shade

Q: We are looking for an evergreen tree to provide shade in our front yard. What types would you recommend for the middle Georgia? A: I can’t think of anything evergreen that provides effective shade other than a pine tree....

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Green Giant Arborvitae – Privacy Screening

Q: I am going to hire someone to plant an evergreen screen for privacy and long-term low maintenance. Our neighbor’s upstairs bedroom overlooks our yard. Is Green Giant arborvitae a good choice? A: I think ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae would be...

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Leyland Cypress – Predicting Growth

Q:If I plant a gallon-sized Leyland cypress, will it grow more quickly and match the size of five-gallon plant in a relatively short period of time? A: I think the answer is “It depends.” If the smaller plant has an...

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Tree Trunk – Branch Broke Off

Q: I had a branch near the bottom of a tree break off a few years back. Should I seal up the hole it left? A: The trunk is going to fail….probably sooner rather than later. Most arborists agree that...

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Trees – Sources Of Information

Q: My wife has an assortment of apple, peach, cherry and plum trees. Where would be the best source to find answers pertaining to each type tree: pruning fertilizing and expected fruit production. A: One of the truly helpful institutions...

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Tree Stump – Filling The Hole

Q: I had a tree in my lawn that is now gone. The stump rotted and a large hole appeared. Can I use some leftover thinset mortar mix in the bottom part of the hole? A: I don’t foresee any...

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Maple Trees – Regular Pruning

Q: How effective are tree growth regulators for maple trees? I’ve got some twenty-five-foot high maple trees on a sloped hill. They’re doing well but I’m wondering if I can slow down their growth. A: Chris Hastings (www.arbormedics.com) says he...

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Cedar – Proper Pruning

Q: We have a beautiful new Atlas weeping cedar and it’s doing well. I can’t find any information about what to do if some of its limbs drag the ground. A: Rick Smith (www.pruningguru.com) says Blue Atlas cedar is an...

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Crapemyrtle – Evergreen

Q: Do you know where I can buy an evergreen crepe myrtle in the Atlanta area? A: The crapemyrtles we grow in the upper South are deciduous: they lose their leaves every year. Southern crapemyrtles are typically Lagerstromea indica and...

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Pine – Damaged by Termites and Rodents

Q: This tall pine has termite damage at the base that we just discovered last week. I’m worried that the tree could become weak and fall down and hit our house. A: Tree health specialist Chris Hastings www.arbormedics.com says that...

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