Tree Dieback

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

Be very careful when you use weed killers in your landscape.  Some herbicides can hurt your trees, even if you apply them as much as 20 feet away from where a tree is growing.  If you must use a herbicide anywhere near a tree’s trunk or root’s make sure the product is designed to kill green growth only.

One of the worst things you can do is start excessively fertilizing an old tree.  You may think this will stimulate a tree and extend its life.  For young trees, this may be true.  But, for a mature tree, in its declining years, excessive fertilization will only cause problems.  An old tree doesn’t need an overabundant crown.  It doesn’t have the root system to support this excessive growth, and the tree will become top heavy.

For more information on Tree dieback contact the Gulf County Extension Service @ 639-3200, 229-2909 or visit our website:  http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu.

 



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