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    That LOB Pine had a good sized gash/hollow in it

    Here's a box elder that a squirrel made into a home.
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    Pollarding

    Is probably the best way to extend the life of fast growing box elders since I've seen many split box elders.

    But I've never seen a sqirrell hotel or bird nests in these pollarded trees. Maybe a...
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    Might be the 2 you received were both male or...

    Might be the 2 you received were both male or both female; Cross Pollenation might be needed like hollies.
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    Using birds to plant your forest

    Probably the best way to really best way to start a forest is planting a diverse combo of pioneer trees; Box Elders,Maples, and Cottonwood come to mind.

    Since these pioneer trees grow quickly...
  5. I've found an easy way to ID dogwood shrubs!!

    Just bend the leaf in half and tear along the veins; You'll see white threads.

    Only the leaves of dogwood shrubs do this
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    Sometimes a tree comes back with a good pruning;...

    Sometimes a tree comes back with a good pruning; This might help in this case as fungus is growing and maybe air flow through the tree would improve. Take out about a third and follow the guides or...
  7. Many bugs carry bacteria and the holes allow fungus

    The bark is the protection of the tree, You may be able to fertilize and water your maple back to growing healthy bark but the liquid coming out isn't sap.

    It the by-product of rotting wood, Kind...
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    It's very hard to tell the difference between...

    It's very hard to tell the difference between "Tree of Heaven" and the sumacs; But they will send up shoots at all the root nodules when the tree is cut down.

    Since it sounds like you have roots...
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    Trees from the Acer family like silver maple and...

    Trees from the Acer family like silver maple and box elder like to multi stem while the sugar maple are single trunks. If it was a young tree I would say have the tree trimmer shape it and with time...
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    I can't give you a positive I.D. either but if...

    I can't give you a positive I.D. either but if the tree seems healthy I sure would think twice about cutting it down. While it's nice to have the raspberry patch nearby if the tree is shading the...
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    Now you've really got me thinking[not really a...

    Now you've really got me thinking[not really a bad thing] ---But I can't think of a native species that would maintain healthy branch structure.
    I always favor the native trees since they resist...
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    I've seen crab apples trimmed that way, Since it...

    I've seen crab apples trimmed that way, Since it was across the street I can tell you when they need trimming every couple years it was an all day affair.
    One of the nicest shots is on the Arbor Day...
  13. If you are adding 3 feet of dirt have the...

    If you are adding 3 feet of dirt have the equipment operator remove the stump before adding fill. You don't want any buried wood under the patio. To save the tree you would need to add a big well,...
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    RE: Need suggestions for a tree.

    :D Sounds like a perfect spot for river birch or a member of the Birch Family. If you see a few White birches in the area that may be a possibilty. Pussy willow or hazelnuts would fit the bill too....
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    RE: Warding off Pine beetles

    :D I can think of three different ways to control/confuse pests--1] The Petri-Dish Method; Attracting males with Phermone traps [I've seen a few web-sites explaining the phermone bags attached to...
  16. RE: Deep root feeding for trees do we need it? if so, how often?

    :) Leveling the building site could have buried some tree roots and exposed others, Chances are you'll lose these trees. A fertilizer app won't bring them back they need oxygen. It may take 2 to 3...
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    RE: Hampton Plantation

    :) Thanks for posting and sharing your pictures, Nothing is more moving than seeing trees hundreds of years old and having distortions formed by weather.
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    RE: Tree with weird berry

    :D Birds love them too,, That's most likely how they were "planted" on your property.
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    RE: tree life expectancy

    :lol: I guessing a chinese chestnut too, The American Chestnut has saw tooth leaves. Good explanations for Pollarding and Coppicing on page 3. Some trees that can be coppiced include Ash, Maples and...
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    RE: Tree ID Mystery

    Looks very similar to a Japanese Yew, They are tough and If you can get it healthy would probably make a good bonsia tree. After a few years of healthy growth it will produce inedible red berries....
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    RE: Interesting tree.

    My guess is Sycamore and they can live hundreds of years. Also could be a white or yellow birch. That picture also shows more, It's surrounded by young conifers so my theory is the damage is from an...
  22. Thread: Bonsai

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    Poll: RE: Bonsai

    One of the first things I did when I first started surfing the web was to visit Bonsai sites. I was really drawn to the ones that looked tilted like it was growing on a windswept hill. I'm guessing...
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    RE: Planning ahead

    I read your post and a desert oasis came to mind. I've been through the Nevada desert and never saw much more than a few cactus and the native trees you described. Of course you are in N.M. so you...
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    RE: Douglar Fir planting question

    Good Luck, The only further Advice I can give you is to cover the trees with leaves and perhaps surround the taller ones with burlap so the leaves don't blow away. It's a process used to grow zone 8...
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    RE: Douglar Fir planting question

    :D I'm no Fir expert but getting your conifers in the ground right now is the best bet. Getting them in the ground insures that the roots go through the freeze thaw cycle they need. Leaving them in...
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