I have a red oak tree in my front yard that was planted about two years ago. It seems to be growing, but the leaves are a pale green and turn brown at the edge. I fertilze organically(green sand, lava sand, corn gluten meal and molasses) and water once a week. I have been leaving a small trickle of water from a garden hose during the summer about once or twice a month for 6 hours to soak the tree. Any suggestions for the winter to help the tree?
I think you are overwatering personally. The first season you should water deeply every few days, but the next season I would water once a week during the hottest part of the summer and after that let nature water it. That tree does not need to stay wet.
You may also have one of the varieties that is native to East Texas. If that is the case, give it up because you can't save it. If the branch angle is relatively flat or turns down, it is an East Texas variety. A Red Oak that grows well in this area will have limbs that turn upright.
The East Texas variety has been suggested and the branches do turn down, so I guess it is. Therefore, my questions are, will it die on its own, or is there something I can do to at least keep it alive?
No amount of heroic effort will ever make it a good tree in your soil condition. It will get larger but the leaves will remain pale green. Eventually, I am sure it will die. You are better off cutting your losses and getting a new tree.
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