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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:49 pm 
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I just posted about my Bald Cypress that has bagworms, but my other two trees are having even bigger issues. (I just don't like either of them, so...)
Anyway, the one in front of my house hardly has any leaves at all and the ones it has have brown spots and look 'crumpled'. Any thoughts on what that might be and if I might be able to save it? It's the only tree in the neighborhood that looks like that that I know of. It's embarrassing!
The one in the back also has brown spots, isn't as 'crumpled', but has leaves pretty much all over (though not very thick, but I don't think it was thick last year either). Last year the leaves weren't spotted (as far as I can remember), but it did grow a huge bulge that split the bark off of it at the bottom near the ground. I half expected it would die or fall over by now, but it's growing and standing upright...
The only reason I don't like these two trees is because they seem to be attractive to wasps and I HATE wasps. However, they don't nest in there, just fly around it somehow.
I do not know what kind of trees they are.
Also, this might make a difference: All of my (3) trees are young (3-4 years old), but there is a HUGE tree on the other side of my back yard (behind the back fence) with full leaves that the birds and wasps like (again the wasps only buzz around it, but the birds nest in it) and it's leaves are crumpled and ugly. So I wonder if it's something my trees got from that one?
I know it's vague, but if you have any ideas I'd greatly appreciate it, because if I can get away with not having to replace them, I'd prefer that due to the cost of replacement, but if it's better to get rid of them, how do I go about doing that and what would I plant instead?
I also have bushes out front that don't seem to have any issues. They're beautiful and green (tiny).
Thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:44 am 
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Can't tell you much of anything if we don't know what kind of trees you are having problems with. If you can get photos with your phone or a digital camera, store time of-site (someplace like Flickr or Photobucket or Picasa) and post a link to them, or save a small version and upload it to the page (750 x 1000 pixels saved as a compressed file should work).

Show us what the leaves look like, any fruit or nuts, and photograph the base of the trees so we can see the condition of the root flare.

If you already don't like these trees, perhaps taking them out and putting in a good species for the area would be preferable. There are methods for tree planting today that weren't in use as recently 5-10 years ago (now it is recommended to dig a shallow and wide hole, soak the new tree to untangle the roots, spread them out and plant it so the root flare is exposed and the roots aren't girdling the tree).

Bear in mind that this spring was the wettest in recent history, breaking many records. There are a lot of plants that suffered with all of that water and will need a season, perhaps as much as a year, to recover.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:37 pm 
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All my pictures are too big... I'll have to try taking some more.
I do know my trees are planted to low in the ground and you're probably right about the water, because the one in the front yard seems to be doing a little better this week.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:16 am 
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If you run the photos through Windows Office Picture Manager you can reduce the size. Or post them to FLickr or Photobucket or Picasa and post a link to the photo from your post.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:03 am 
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Cool, I'll try that later!
Thank you for all your help!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:15 am 
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OK, I couldn't get the picture thing to work, but it appears that they are both Texas Ash or something close to that.
I read that they can be affected by Anthracnose Disease which the symptoms were identical to what I saw in my trees.
Now here's the problem. It did get better when the rain stopped, but the tree in the front is 2/3s dead branches now. There is only one section on the side/bottom that has leaves (though those look pretty decent) and then there are new twigs/branches growing out of the very bottom of the trunk. Not new trees in the dirt around the tree, but actually out of the trunk. Those are vibrant and green and plentiful.
What do I do with it? Do I cut those off? And do I cut off all the dead branches? I'll be left with a very strange looking part of a tree.

Also, the tree in the back went back to being completely green and as full as it's ever been, but last week, within about one week every single leaf turned completed orange/brown and dead. Does that mean the tree is dead? Do I need to have it cut down, or should I wait until next spring and see what happens. This is the one that had the big bulge on the trunk under the bark that split the bark away from that part of the tree. (otherwise seemed to be ok though...)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:20 pm 
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Texas Ash

See if any of this helps:

Sick Tree Treatment

Trees too deep in the ground

Root flare management

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