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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:17 am 
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A fruitless mulberry sits on my property line shared with my neighbor. Its full of web worms, but normally we haven't had many problems with it.

Its far away from any structures, so the roots aren't that damaging.

My neighbor has proposed taking it down to a) allow for a better view of the other mature trees' prettier foliage, b) allow for newer, healthier trees to be planted and grown (ie Shantung or Chinkapin).

Thoughts? I've read terrible things about the tree, but never really thought about taking it down. It's in the vicinty of other new trees I've planted -- will the other trees respond by me taking out the nutrient-sucking mulberry?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:55 am 
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Mulberry tree may not be as bad as hackberry tree but I think they are still prone to pests and disease and don't live very long. I certianly wouldn't look on removing it as a bad thing.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:56 am 
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One more question:

My mulberry is full of webworms. Will keeping this tree cause the problem to spread? In other words, will my Texas Ash be healthier if the Mulberry is gone?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:07 am 
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I noticed that most of the trees affected by the web worms here in Plano & parts around, were mulberry & hackberry. I'm guessing b/c they are weak trees in the first place. Attract birds & wasps for natural killers. My guess is that too many people kill all sorts of wasps & this is not good.

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