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Forum topic by lhartmann posted 04-09-2013 02:38 PM 714 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2013 02:38 PM

So i notice one of my trees last year when I moved into my new house had a spot on it that wasn’t the best looking. Not sure if it has spread since last year or not. Just wondering if someone is able to help me determine what is wrong with this tree. I want to take care of the problem before anything worst happens.

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 03:00 PM

Noticed you are in Iowa. Do not know how extensive borer is there but that is what I would suspect. I would check with a local Nursery. They might be able to help from pictures. If it is borer then there is a systemic you can apply in the spring that will kill them. One treatment lasts a year and in a couple years you will be OK. From the pictures I don’t see any fresh bleeding but that is something to look for in a couple months. Bottom line – you need to get someone in to look at it. Fortunately I am married to a nursery manager.

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 04:05 AM

It looks pretty bad from the pic and it may be very weak in that base area. That means a wind could blow it over once it has leaves on it. I think I’d cut ‘er down and plant another one to protect the house or cars parked nearby. I have seen some that were less than 50 % wood in the base ( all hollow) and they have snapped off in the wind.
Is it an Ash tree?......................Jim

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