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    Default I may have brought doom on my trees



    I have an area behind my house where I set up my scope. I have even built a 7 foot high fence to block neighbors lights. A few nights ago I was observing and realized that 3 Water Oak trees I planted about 25 years ago are going to really start intruding into what I consider the prime 40° high and higher part of the sky to the west.

    Back at the time I decided to plant the trees, instead of buying saplings, I went out to a local river bottom and dug up the 3 trees that were about 3 feet tall, making sure to include a pretty big root ball. I'm not some kind of tree hugger but I do admire trees because of their eventual age and majesty. The trees are now about 25 feet tall.

    Well, a few days ago I noticed one of the trees was really starting to drop leaves. It is much too early in my area for that, cool weather is a long way off. Today I noticed that all the leaves on one tree are turning brown. The other 2 trees are still fully green.

    Much to my dismay, I think my tree has been infested with Oak Wilt. I may be cutting firewood.

    I would have prefered moving my observing location.
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    Default Re: I may have brought doom on my trees

    Yeah, it's a bummer when trees have to come down, but if they're dying, there's no choice.
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    Default Re: I may have brought doom on my trees

    I'm going to try some fertilizer stakes containing mostly Phosphorus and Potassium. Those 2 minerals stimulate root growth. A tree with good roots can sometimes recover. My fingers are crossed.

    Where I live, even though trees loose their leaves, the roots continue to grow all winter long. I'll see what happens next spring.
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    Default Re: I may have brought doom on my trees

    My wife is still ticked at me that I topped or white birch, it now looks like a lollipop with some stick sticking up in the air., I had planted it about 5 years ago and it was growing like a weed. I keep hoping my neighbors trees get some kind of disease so I can see the sky overhead.

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