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Old 11-05-2018, 03:48 PM
 
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This tree for 2 months only a branch of two were growing buds, but few days later the tiny leaves would turn yellow and die. I think this went on since 3 months ago then last month the whole tree just totally died it seems, nothing was growing. But yesterday I noticed some small were growing at the base on the tree. https://i.imgur.com/8f0PPpS.jpg And few yards from the tree this is also from the tree, https://i.imgur.com/XSa9svs.jpg I think it's still alive. How do I save it? Few more pics this one I took off the bark, it seemed real easy and like very dry and cracked I was looking for termites but didn't find any.

https://i.imgur.com/AsG87YE.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/f6bxXoY.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bBVw8x0.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/uimnpkz.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/y28nua6.jpg




The surround plants are all fine, nothing unusual except this tree. The drip system have a leak about couple feet from the tree and it got a small flood every time the drip system is on. Can it caused by too much water? But the leak has been going on for more than half year and surround plants are fine. So is this something I can fix myself or should I get a pro to look at it. Help please neighbors ask about it once awhile. My location is in Nevada
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I am not familiar with that tree; I am sure there others that are. But where that bark has been removed or is loose; I would apply a pruning sealer like this one: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Spectracide...yABEgLZU_D_BwE. Try not to get it on your skin; it's goes on like a tar. It will help protect the wood from insects.

Unfortunately it will not be that attractive (the blackish tar on your gray bark). After it dries you might want to try a light dusting of a gray spray paint to make it blend in?

PS Have you had any close lightening strikes?
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:21 AM
 
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Call your County Extension Service.....they can, if you ask them to.....come out and advise you in person.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:54 AM
 
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I am not familiar with that tree; I am sure there others that are. But where that bark has been removed or is loose; I would apply a pruning sealer like this one: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Spectracide...yABEgLZU_D_BwE. Try not to get it on your skin; it's goes on like a tar. It will help protect the wood from insects.

Unfortunately it will not be that attractive (the blackish tar on your gray bark). After it dries you might want to try a light dusting of a gray spray paint to make it blend in?

PS Have you had any close lightening strikes?

Thanks for that, this guy said if the bark starts to flake off, you might not be able to save the tree. I will try it anyways.


Yeah the lightening strikes, there could be. You think tree might gotten strike be a lightening? I will check for striking marks. It's also very windy here, maybe some section of the tree could be splitting open, need to check it during daytime.


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Call your County Extension Service.....they can, if you ask them to.....come out and advise you in person.

Will do that, saves a few bucks to ask the landscapers!
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:39 AM
 
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Call your County Extension Service.....they can, if you ask them to.....come out and advise you in person.
that's a good idea. our local (U. of Maryland) extension has a very good online service for asking such questions, and will take them from anywhere in the US.

Ask a Gardening Expert | University of Maryland Extension
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Yeah the lightening strikes, there could be. You think tree might gotten strike be a lightening? I will check for striking marks. It's also very windy here, maybe some section of the tree could be splitting open, need to check it during daytime.
It could be lightening; but I do not even know what kind of tree you have. It might be a disease or parasite the is know to attack that particular tree or it could be environmental. Like has already been pointed out; it is best to ask the professions; especially if it is 'free'. We have that link on lightening tree strikes (Trees Struck by Lightning). I posted a cross section picture of a large maple that was hit. The damage was deceiving because you cannot see the internal damage until you cut the tree down. You can see external damage to the bark or serious damage where the tree literally explodes.

I have only old Japanese Cherry tree that had woodpecker holes, cracks and opening and I filled it with concrete and have kept it alive for over forty years. I have also used a lot of the pruning sealer over the years. I would hate to saw it down because I forgot where I used all the concrete! I am sure it will cost me a few chains for my saw. Sometimes we can save and other times we cannot. It is nice to know exactly what you are up against so that you can make an informed decision.

You can also grab tree fertilizer spikes than might help like these: https://www.amazon.com/Jobes-1310-Fe...25102600&psc=1. But I would rather have a professional look first before we send you in the wrong direction.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:24 PM
 
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Ok county extension services emailed back and said they don't come out to houses to see the trees. But I included pictures and I think they will tell me what kind of tree it is in the next email. also gave me www.TreesareGood.org
to find local Arborist. I guess that's better than just getting a random landscaper, lawn maintenance person. Any idea how much do they charge to come out and look at the tree?


So if it was lightning strike, it probably happened around 3 months ago. It's been so long maybe can't save it? I shook/pushed the tree some and branches above sounded really dry. Not an expert but the sound just sounded.....really dry. Then again there is also sprouts at the base on the tree and small growth 3 feet from the tree (it will grow small trees all over the front yard up to 6 yards away, very bothersome)





Here is a pic of the tree when it was healthy https://i.imgur.com/Rtt8mOu.jpg (center one)



Thanks guys for the helpful links and replies! Hopefully they will tell me what kind of tree it is in the next email. Kinda want to save this tree or HOA might want me to plant another tree, I have never planted a tree actually I don't know anything about gardening/yards.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:17 PM
 
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Took more pics during the daytime, there is more splitting at the other side of this https://i.imgur.com/Y0HQVw6.jpg
I guess it's lightening strike?! (not too dried out and split by itself ?)


https://i.imgur.com/ysPDyDN.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/ffVQDhC.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/4Y393WE.jpg

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Old 11-06-2018, 05:27 PM
 
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https://i.imgur.com/xuYieHg.jpg

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https://i.imgur.com/4VUtDM3.jpg


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Old 11-06-2018, 06:15 PM
 
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If you Google "pictures of trees hit by lightning" you will see some that see some that look like your tree (https://www.google.com/search?q=pict...w=1280&bih=645). But there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to lightning. Individual bolts can vary from 10,000 to 200,000 amperes - that is a big difference.
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