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    Wait or cut down?

    Hi, I have a Sand Cherry tree that became infested with aphids in the beginning of the summer, we managed to eradicate them using pesticides and a pressure sprayer. Now that they have gone I have noticed sap on the bark (I assume is a good thing) but a lot of the branches are dead, when i bend them they snap like dead wood. I have a few new sprouts on the tree but nothing extraordinary. Would you recommend chopping the tree down, removing all dead branches leaving a lopsided tree or just wait it out? I also have a choke cherry about 50 feet away that is heavily infested with black knot, will it affect this tree. I have not seen any of the black knot on it though...

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    Input is appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9293/barkx.jpg

    Here is a picture of the bottom of the tree. The bark cracked and easily broke off...

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    There's a possibility you can nurse the tree back to health but it's in rough shape (the trunk damage) and with the looming threat of black knot (sand cherry is affected), one thing to consider is the quicker you remove it, the quicker you can plant a better tree there. You can remove the declining sand cherry at any time but I would hold of on any planting until late next month (for your area)

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    Thanks for your input. We were leaning towards just removing it, might as well. I have a maple tree (autumn blaze or red) still potted I bought a few days ago (purley because it was $10) I think this area is much too close to my house, you can see in this link, http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/818/photo14g.jpg/ and http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...hoto24tnw.jpg/ how close it is. What would be a good tree to plant there?

    Why Should I wait to plant trees?

    I planted 2 Crimson King Maples in the front yard about a month and a half ago, they seem to be doing well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by treetoronto View Post
    I have a maple tree (autumn blaze or red) still potted I bought a few days ago (purley because it was $10) I think this area is much too close to my house, you can see in this link, What would be a good tree to plant there?
    Definitely not a good idea to plant there. It's way too close to the house. Not just because it doesn't give the tree enough space to develop a good structure but also because those trees are notorious for surface roots and that could do damage to the foundation at that close distance.

    Quote Originally Posted by treetoronto View Post
    Why Should I wait to plant trees?

    I planted 2 Crimson King Maples in the front yard about a month and a half ago, they seem to be doing well?
    Well keep in mind that I'm in the southern US, where planting in the summer or even in the spring is pretty much a death sentence due to the heat and normally droughty conditions in the summer.

    Even still, you're not immune to high temps and you will still need to water diligently and trees will be more stressed by summer plantings.
    I just checked the weather for Toronto and the forecast where where I am in Georgia and it's actually forecast to be warmer up there than it is here today.


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