Why is my tree dying

bruceCKJuly 2, 2014

I'm not sure why my tree is dying. We did have a small retaining wall installed a couple of years ago, but I do not remember any leaves turning colors in the past. It is now losing all of its leaves and may be discolored at the base of the trunk. Does anyone have any advise on saving or is it a lost cause. thanks

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bruceCK

Pic 2

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 5:30PM
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nurseryman33(4/5)

It looks girdled at the base in the second photo. Unless there is bark on the backside that I can't see, I would say it is doomed.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:04PM
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jbraun_gw

Just a guess. When you had the retaining wall installed a couple of years ago they removed a lot of the main roots on that tree. It often takes trees several years to die.

The other possibility is when the grass gets weedeatered? the tree gets hit with the string and the tree was girdled.

I'd agree with nurseryman and say either way the tree is doomed.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:15PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

its also telephone poled...

has much substrate did they add .. over the roots.. to set the wall???

ken

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:25PM
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bruceCK

I guess you guys are right - it's doomed. The base of the trunk looks a different color .i.e. washed out. Not sure what telephone poled means.. I guess the roots can't get enough water. Thanks for the quick replies.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:43PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

"telephone poled" means that, where it enters the ground, it is as straight-sided as a telephone pole.

In other words, the tree is planted too deep. (Did they add the dug soil when they built the wall?)

When planted at the correct depth, you'll see a slight flare just above ground level.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 8:58PM
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bruceCK

Oh, OK. I'm not really sure if some backfill made its way around the tree. Thanks for the info.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 9:25PM
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