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toronto
04-06-2005, 11:09 AM
Hello there,
I'm wondering if I could get some advice on a tree that needs a bit of a 'revivial'. I'm located in Toronto, Canada and I bought this house in last year in June of 2004. In the photos below, you will see in picture #1 that prior to me buying it in June 2004, the tree looks to be in pretty good shape, however for reasons unkown, the previous owners too a saw and completely chopped off the top. In pictures #2 it shows that the tree still has life. Pictures 3-8 show the current state where I would like to know what I should do to bring this poor tree back to life. Ideas that I have thought of are 1) pruning it somehow 2) possibly adding mulch border (not touching the trunk) or something to provide nutrients / retain water.

http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/1_tree-before.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/2_tree-June2004.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/3_tree-April6-2005.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/4_tree-April6-2005.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/5_tree-April6-2005.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/6_tree-April6-2005.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/7_tree-April6-2005.jpg
http://s87511323.onlinehome.us/8_tree-April6-2005.jpg

Thanks,
Derrick

pwk16
04-06-2005, 03:52 PM
I'm not an arborist, but it couldn't hurt to put a circle of mulch around the tree and give it a proper pruning.

Jules
04-08-2005, 02:22 PM
Hi Derrick.
I hate to advertise a different forum on this great one, but there are several professional arborists who hang around in the TreeHelp.com forums that might give you some advice.
Good luck,
Jules

toronto
04-11-2005, 04:30 PM
Hi Derrick.
I hate to advertise a different forum on this great one, but there are several professional arborists who hang around in the TreeHelp.com forums that might give you some advice.
Good luck,
Jules

okay thanks - I'll log in there and see what I come up with. I did end up cleaning up & pruning my tree/shrub over the weekend - left all of the branches with growth to allow for muchly needed nutrition. I'll also be making sure that it's well watered and not going to worry about using any kind of fertilizer as I've read that trees typically don't need much in the way of fertilizer - just proper soil, water and sun (&TLC).

Jules
04-12-2005, 11:31 AM
Derrick,
I think you're on your way. Though honestly, I'm not holding out much hope for that tree ever looking like it used to! Still, I applaud your efforts to revive it. I wish you the best!
--Jules