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Lazy Al    Posted 11-21-2003 at 14:15:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I don't see any soft wood and no holes but the bark is comming off all around the tree . I don't see how it is even alive . It's from the ground up a few feet . Any ideas on what happened to it or is it fire wood ?
Thanks it advance

WallSal55    Posted 11-21-2003 at 17:57:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lightning, Tractor run into the one side?

Randy    Posted 11-21-2003 at 14:31:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
just got in from work. Let me look up a few things. Did it start on the south side of the tree? Where are you? Les should be here also, he might have some ideas too. Talk at you in a bit.

Lazy Al    Posted 11-21-2003 at 14:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know where it started I just noticed it one day this past spring and it was already almost this bad

Al    Posted 11-21-2003 at 14:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here's a picture of the other side of the tree

Randy    Posted 11-21-2003 at 15:11:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Al, I would lean toward a root problem. What they say is they have a habit of girdling themselves. We'll wait and see what Les says before you get the chainsaw started.

Les    Posted 11-21-2003 at 17:32:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks bad. I ain't no expert but I'm guessing it's a goner. Wait until spring unless the bark peals off all the way around. Then there's no doubt.

Another thought    Posted 11-21-2003 at 17:36:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
It doesn't look like it, but have you disturbed the area at all this past year? Like burying the area around the tree in compost or something like that? Trees don't like that.
Just a thought.
Again, I highly recommend anything that Dr. Alex Shigo has written. The man has devoted his whole life to his work with trees.

Lazy Al    Posted 11-22-2003 at 03:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les , You might have something there , every year the wife gets 6 or 12 yd of bark to put in her flower gardens and this tree is in one .
It might have picked up some thing from the bark. The bark is looking like it is loose all the way around it . I was wondering how it was surviving as it is . I have a mountian ash that has little holes around the limbs in a neat row about every 6 inches and is starting to get dead limbs at the top but I got some stuff
and poked holes in the ground around the outer edge and put a tea spoon in each one . I'll see what happens with that one .
Thanks All

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