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Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2008
2:47 AM

Post #4358445


I have 2 motts of red oaks here in Austin, Texas. One tree of one mott (group) has a trunk where the bark is peeling off! Should that entire trunk be trimmed or wait until it dies (or will it?)

Thanks so much!!

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Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #4358465

It appears that it's pretty bad.
I would have a certified arborist come out and take a look at it.

Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2008
2:55 AM

Post #4358493

Well, I did today and he said to leave it until the bark was all off...all the way to the top. He said in about 2 years it would probably have to come out, but in the meantime I need the canopy of leaves it provides so that the tree will live.

I didn't explain all to you, but we had this same arborist come out 2 years ago bc these trees were dying and we thought the people who lived behind us had poisoned them! He treated them with a systemic fert. system and they lived. But I want that ugly branch gone...just trying to get another "opinion" from you.

I'll try to find a picture of the entire group of trees...
Alden, MN

January 7, 2008
5:58 PM

Post #4371513

Thank you for the timely article. We have a number of mature trees surrounding our home that need pruning. The guy who was supposed to do this didn't show up last fall, and I was wondering if it would be alright to do them now. I will give him a call once more. I don't want him driving around on my lawn in the spring!

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