Just so everybody else can learn from my trials and tribulations, it turns out that my "Red Oak," that my father planted 15 odd years ago when he owned the house is actually a non-adapted Pin Oak.
So, some of you may already see my problem. My tree has Iron Chlorsis. After doing much checking on different Aborist sites and looking at various pictures I have come to the conclusion it is pretty far gone. I have read that injecting the tree with iron is a temporary solution, but in the long run the tree is doomed. I am going to take it down this fall.
Thanks ENT for the help and advice.
To everybody else make sure that the tree you buy is a species that can live not only in Texas' climate but, also Texas' soil.
I never thought that losing a tree would bother me so much. I have alot of memories surrounding that tree, plus the simple fact that removing and replacing a 15-20 year old tree is a PITA.
Sorry to hear about your situation. I don't know how attached to that tree you are but your story sounds like you are quite sad. You might consider taking some wood from the tree and building something with it. A large limb can be cut in half, hollowed out with a chisel and screwed back together for a bird house. If you have a chain saw you can easily fashion a small simple chair the kids will love. Keep those memories going. BTY, a pin oak is a beautiful tree just an hour away in east Texas.
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Don't feel bad-
The first 'Shumard' Red Oak I ever planted turned out to be a hybrid with a Northern Red Oak. In other cliamtes that would have been fine. Here, it means you bought a tree that was supposed to be healthy here but winds up showing all the worst traits of its weaker parent. It took about a year and a half of growth to determine that I'd gotten a crossbreed, largely becase of the shape it was taking on combined with the dying off midseason with Iron Chlorsis.
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