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Re: hoping for spring soon

Try doing all you can to reduce any additional stress on the tree - fertilize well, assure it gets well watered when mother nature doesn't cooperate, and you might even consider a prophylactic spray of the trunk to assure that no opportunistic insect decides to set up housekeeping there. Your description of the bark damage does not sound good, but at least you can do everything in your power to assist the tree to heal itself. I was successful rehabilitating an ash that almost drowned after being planted in the wrong site a couple years ago (still looks pathetic in form - there was a lot of die back - but has been leafing out healthily each year).
On Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at 08:59 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

The most distsressing thing, however, is that the apple tree espaliered
against the boulder beside the drive looks awful. In places the bark is split for
several inches, and in other places chunks of bark are peeling off. My DH
says that since the tree is about 37 years old - we brought it from the other
place when we moved here in 1970 - it has probably reached the extent of its
lifespan. I hope he's wrong, because I don't think the extent of my lifespan is
great enough to warrant starting another. I think it may be the result of
the crazy winter - bitter cold in early December, mild the first week in
January, then followed by another six weeks of bitter cold. I hope I am not losing
this tree - don't know just what I would replace it with if I do. The rock
face is about eight feet high at that point. There is a space of about two
feet between the boulder and the edge of the drive. It widens out a bit further
on, and there is an old 'New Dawn' rose climbing it. The back side of the
boulder, where it tapers down is quite shady.

By the way, guara is treated like an annual in these parts - Zone 5.


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