Ornamental Trees

Can I Trim My Medium-Sized Trees Myself?

Q: We have five medium-sized trees in our landscape. They need to be trimmed up at the bottom and thinned out to keep branches off the house. Is this something I can do or do I need a pro?  A:...

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Do Ginkgo Trees Stink?

Q: Do ginkgo trees stink? Does it depend on whether it is a male or female tree? If so, how do you know which you are getting? A: The tree itself does not stink but the fruit from female ginkgo...

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Does Elm Have A Deep Root System

Q: Maple trees surface roots are a problem, do Dutch Elm have a deep root system? A: The type of tree you have is not as much a problem as is the hardness of the soil around the tree. Tree...

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Using Native Soil To Plant Trees

Q: On the radio, you told a listener they should remove most of the soil the tree has around its roots before planting. You said use only native soil to fill around the roots.  A: You should get a prize...

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Green leaves on purple Japanese Maple Tree

Q: I have a healthy twenty-year-old Japanese maple tree. Every year the leaves have been purple but this year they are a bright green. How do I get the purple back?  A: see...

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How To Keep Roundup From Tree Roots

Q: I have a lot of old pines and dogwoods on my property. English ivy, trumpet vine and poison ivy are trying to take over everywhere. I would like to spray Roundup and kill everything but I’m concerned about getting...

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Getting Rid Of Oak Wilt

Q: We have a red oak tree that seems to have oak wilt. In September, the top began to turn brown long before any other oaks nearby. We plan to have the tree removed soon. Should I have the wood...

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White Oaks Are Dropping Sap

Q: Our newly-purchased 110-year-old home is surrounded by white oaks. We’ve noticed the oaks are dropping sap on our cars. Is this raining of sap normal?  A: I very much doubt that actual tree sap is coming down from your...

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Any way to heal a damaged white oak?

Q: I have a 100 year old white oak. It has a few dead limbs, but most limbs are healthy and have leaves. To slow the demise of this old oak should I fill in the hollow with dirt or...

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Big white splotch on pine bark

Q: Can you help me identify what might be going on with my tree? It isn’t a mushroom; the white splotches are up about five feet on the trunk. It also has a large hole/crack nearby. A: The white stuff...

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Caring for tree after machinery damage

Q: I had my front yard dug up due to a collapsed sewer line. The backhoe damaged a six inch square of bark on one side of my mature dogwood tree. Is there anything I should do to ensure better...

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Poorly planted tree in decline

Q: I have a tree in my front yard that is already changing leaf color in early September and has some black ooze coming out of spots on the trunk. A: The root system is in decline, either from poor...

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Dogwood Planted Too Deep

Q: Just noticed today the debarking occurring on my 2-1/2 year old dogwood. What should I do? A: When I first received this question, photos of only the branches and upper trunk were included. I had a guess of what...

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Getting Rid Of Oak Saplings

Q: I have a beautiful live oak in my yard. For five years I have been battling oak saplings popping up in the landscape bed around it and in my grass as well. My landscaper has used Roundup in an...

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Noise Reduction Using Trees and Shrubs

Q: There is a rezoning proposal for land behind our neighborhood. It will likely be used for parking tractor trailers. The county recommends a 100’ deep buffer with a berm and the planting of Leyland cypress trees fifteen feet on...

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Chinese Elm (Lacebark Elm) Varieties

Q: I had to take down a big oak and I want to replace it. A friend mentioned Chinese elm. What are your thoughts? A: Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia, also known as lacebark elm, is an excellent tree. The bark...

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Tree Trunk Wrapped With Dog Food Bag

Q: I recently purchased a new home and have some questions about the tree planted by the builder in the back yard. It has been planted for 4-5 months. The tree has a used dog food bag wrapped around the...

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Selling a Japanese Maple to a Landscape Company

Q: I have an eight-foot-tall, 20+ year old Japanese maple in my front flowerbed. I am wondering if transplanting it is an option? Do you know anyone who would like to have it enough to come dig it up and...

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