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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2003 2:38 pm 
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I planted a 2" diam (10 feet) Red Oak in the fall 1.5 year ago with my 2 young children as a family tree.

The first spring/summer, it had limited leaves, very limited new growth that seemed to dry before developping at the end of the branches.

The few leaves that did developped did not have a regular shape.

This year, a similar thing is happening.

The tree looks fine from 30 feet, but a closer look reveals the same folliage problem.

I went to 4 different nurseries with a specimen, and all of them had a different answer: "Insects", "Too much water, fungal problem", "Too little water", "Apply fertilizer".

I started the "sick tree treatment" this year.

I know the soil is not ideal (clay, poor drainage).

Of course, the massive hail strom we had in Richardson this year did not help either, it broke many branches and damaged new buds.

Any ideas or recommendations? Should I give up and buy a new one?

Thank you!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:19 am 
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Well, the obvious first steps are hit it with the sick tree treatment and to check your watering needs.

First year in the ground a new tree is going to need more water than is normal for its type. After that, a Red Oak won't like wet feet, so if it's in a poorly drained or heavily watered area it might do this.

What sort of soil do we have here? Also, what variety of Red Oakis it? Shumard and Texas Reds do well here. Northern Reds OR Either Texas or Shumard that have been crossbred from Northerns will do poorly here.

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Thank you for the reply. I'll continue with the sick tree treatment.

It is a Shumard Red Oak (so I was told by the local nursery when I bought it).

The soil is pretty hard clay with poor drainage :(

I dug a pretty large hole when I planted it and put landscaping mix to fill it back.

Thanks again.


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