To Save The Tree Or Remove The Tree
That is the question, that many people have asked me several times over the past nine years. When you have a few trees or you have a huge tree, the last thing that you want to do is start cutting them down. People call me often and more times than not, they really would rather save the tree rather than cut the tree down.
In East Texas we have had many blights that have come upon us. Oak trees are being killed by Hypoxylon Canker. In addition, elm, pecan, hickory, sycamore, maple, beech, and other trees may be infected. According to Texas A&M, the best way to treat this disease is to put 2″ diameter holes in the ground every 2′ from the trunk to the drip line and fill these holes with sand or pea gravel to get more moisture to the roots. While this method is not always practical, it is one alternative to completely removing a tree and starting over when the tree has been growing for many years. Another thing that you may do is to remove all of the dead limbs or infected limbs and watering the tree as well as fertilizing and treating the infected tree for bugs. While this will not guarantee that the tree will survive the chances of the tree’s survival will greatly increase if it is allowed the chance to heal itself without the bugs and dead and infected limbs on it. If you do not remove the tree, the chances of one infected tree infecting other trees in the vicinity, are pretty high. Therefore you should keep routinely scheduled notes of the progress of a tree, once you know that a tree has been diagnosed with a problem.
If you are asking the question of whether to save a tree or remove the tree, you should consult a local arborist. If you would like more information about Hypoxylon Cancer you can go here.
As always, take care of your trees, or hire someone qualified to take care of your trees.