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Tree appears to be rotting

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Question: I have a oak tree that has been rotting into the trunk where three major
limbs meet in the middle. It had a lot of leaves and ants. I removed
all of those and it goes down into tree about four inches.

 

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Photos would help and I would be glad to provide more help after looking at photos. But based upon what you tell us, it appears the tree has codominant leaders with three leaders forming from a single location. This ...

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Vines on trees

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Question: We have Oak trees in our development and some of the home owners planted ivy and have hanging plants from the limbs. Is there any rules
restricting this type of plantings around oak trees in Florida.

 

Chuck’s Reply:

I know of no rules or ordinances regulating hanging plants and vines in Florida unless some homeowners’ assocation has them in their convenants. But some precautions are in order:

The hanging plants are not much of a problem as long as the method of attachment ...

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How to fix the roots of pot-bound trees

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How to fix the roots of pot-bound trees

I recently had two separate requests to plant  Norfolk Island pine trees (Auracaria heterophylla) that had been left in their containers way too long. In both cases the trees had been used as Christmas trees and were then placed outdoors in their decorative pots. Although the pot-bound circling roots in these photos are extreme, the treatment would be the same for trees that are not quite as pot-bound as the tree in the following images. Unfortunately, most trees found in ...

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Tunneling Under Tree Roots

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Tunneling Under Tree Roots

Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is making improvement to 9 holes this summer and some of the improvements include better drainage. But sometimes getting the drain pipes laid out from the golf course past homes to the street presents problems for trees that are near the planned trench.  When one homeowner adjacent to the drainage project saw that her trees were going to have their roots cut by the planned drainage trench, she contacted me and we ...

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Strangling a Live Oak

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Strangling a Live Oak

We had an unusual experience on a root crown excavation the other day on a 41-inch DBH live oak located near a couple houses built 17 years ago on a wooded pennisula that sticks out into the Intracoastal Waterway at the south end of the Guana-Tolomato Wildlife Preserve north of St. Augustine. The construction impacts were minor on all the trees in the area and there have been no signs of construction-related problems on the trees with the exception of ...

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