Rowan problem

kbard(6b PA)March 16, 2013

Is there any hope?

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

For some green leaves, next year....absolutely.

For the tree to become "healthy" again....not at all.

I wouldn't be standing under that tree in a windstorm.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:38AM
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kbard(6b PA)

Well I'd rather be under that one than the old Bradford pear opposite it.....LOL.. I have a lot of old trees with problems :(

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:40AM
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That's an excellent pic above of why included bark is such a problem.

But what Brandon said. That tree is on its last legs.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 11:07AM
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kbard(6b PA)

How old do you guys think the tree is? Just got the house. And I wonder how much to take it down (the is nothing around it just the pear...which needs to come down too)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 12:07PM
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Nothing for scale. but maybe 35-40 years. Your cost is the rental of a chainsaw for the minimum time to perform a 1-inch heading cut. That would be some nice kindling for the fire.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 12:50PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I had to look up the fact this was Sorbus aucuparia (assuming) which is not that special of a tree due to the multitude of diseases and pests, more so than many other species.

I would be done with it based on the combination of bark issues and crotch angles.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 1:13PM
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Agree that tree won't last too much longer - rowans aren't particularly long-lived.

But it doesn't look to be in a danger-promoting situation, so you could leave it to die off naturally and might get a few more years' life out of it before it does so. But don't stand close to it on windy days.


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:11PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I'd agree with resin. The local birds will enjoy those nooks and crannies searching for invertebrates and then they'll get a berry bonus in the winter.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 3:39PM
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Not long term. You could possibly save it for a few years if you wanted to concoct some kind of bracing system, but that would take a LOT of effort and some heavy duty hardware to support all of that weight during the force of a wind storm of snow/ice storm.

But really, probably better to just let go and start fresh.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 5:41PM
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kbard(6b PA)

Thanks everyone. Now off to search the forum for some ideal trees to line the driveway that are very wind resistant, can handle lots of clay and hot sun and are deer proof.......

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 5:53PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

yes.. its a goner ...

but lets be clear.. we are talking tree years.. and it might be there for a decade or two ..

resin is correct ... its out in BFE.. so your assignment.. should you wish to accept it.. is to watch it.. and learn ...

and what the heck you would be doing out there in a storm.. is beyond me ...


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 7:55PM
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