Oak tree struggles

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Necrosis
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Oak tree struggles

Post by Necrosis » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:11 am

So I have an Oak Tree out front which is about 4-5 years old. It is very short compared to the other trees in the neighborhood and has an odd growth pattern. Like the lowest branches curl downward and appear gnarled. (I'll try and post a pic later). I've been trying to prune it as best I can to encourage growth in the lateral direction but haven't been getting much. Any general tree care tips? I'm watering it quite a bit and fertilizing it some with the grass. Any general tips would be great.

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Re: Oak tree struggles

Post by Jconnelly6b » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:21 am

Do you know the specific cultivar? Red Oak, White Oak, etc.? Their growth rate varies but should be between 1' and 5' per year.

Who planted the tree? Without seeing any pictures, first guess is the roots are girdled. Post some pictures and lets have a look. If you can scratch the dirt off the surface at the base of the tree, and take some pictures there too that would help.

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Re: Oak tree struggles

Post by Necrosis » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:21 pm

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Sorry for the dark pick. It’s a red oak. It doesn’t seem to be girdled. I brushed off a ton of mulch on it when I moved in a year ago down to the root flair. I’ll see if I can get some picks of the dirt here tomorrow.

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Re: Oak tree struggles

Post by krusej23 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:01 pm

You really don't want mulch or dirt above the root flair.

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