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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 9:02 am 
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On 7/21, Covington Nursery put in a 24" box Shumard Red Oak and gave me a watering schedule. Without going into detail, the lady told me wrong and on Aug. 2nd, I noticed the tree dropping leaves. :( I had also been cautioned about OVERWATERING. It was late so Sunday, seeing even more leaves dropping (the leaves were not brown...they were a healthy green...I called her home number but got a message...left a message telling her what was happening. Long story short, she didn't call until Monday, said she had checked and she had told me wrong and it was probably too dry and the tree roots was compensating by dropping leaves. She finally came out on Tues and asked me again my water schedule and said she misunderstood how often and how long my sprinkler system worked and I had indeed let it get too dry. :? Long story short...I've lost a lot of the leaves of this once beautiful, lush Red Oak...and may lose some more. I've soaked it really good by hand and have increased my sprinkler system time also. Matter of fact, yesterday I saw water running into the alley after all was done. Oh...it's on a slight incline also.

Main question...I see buds...is this tree going to survive or should I have Covington replace the tree?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 8:23 pm 
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Have they offered to replace the tree? Unless they have I doubt they will do it on their own until near certain death. I believe the tree will recover but how much has this situation compromised the health of the tree. That’s the question we will never know. How long is your guarantee? I would take pictures of the tree now, document what you have experienced and hand them the letter and pictures with the intent of extending your guarantee. I had a similar situation happen, got a 1-year extension and ultimately had the tree replaced.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 8:53 am 
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I have a year guarentee...have talked to the lady that was boss of the crew that planted the tree several times...she has seen the tree...she's talk to tree specialists at Covington...all tell me the tree will be ok...I just have to make sure it's watered right NOW. Of course, now I'm worried about overwatering too.
This tree was so beautiful, full...already giving me the shade I wanted and for this to happen has made me sick. :(
I'll watch it and stay on it
Thank you so much for your reply and suggestions. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 3:01 pm 
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Lou,

I'd foliar-feed this fella early in the morning (this is a decently cool week for it) and keep up the watering. Might even apply the full sick tree treatment to it and the area around the planting zone. Just to be safe.

The first year in the ground, all trees are going to need extra water, especially July-Sept. This particular tree won't be fond of too much water in later years, but this year, give him a good soaking, don't let him dry out.

In the Fall, make sure to give him a good dose of a nice natural fertilizer. Help him recover and build up resources for over-wintering.

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