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Fagus sylvatica dying, help needed


 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Fagus sylvatica dying, help needed Reply with quote

Hi all

In late March this year my fried gave me a matured common beech tree (about 6 years old). I planted the tree in my garden (Wexford area ) using compost, soil improver and original soil that is clay like Smile. The tree was in dormant state about 3m high and within first month and a half grew another meter (4m now). When the leaves were quite young we got very strong wind for about 2 days. Since that I think the tree started getting a psychological leaf scorch (I think) problem. The soil is very wet (due to clay problem that doesn't absorb very well). Could you advise if I can still save the tree as not sure what is really causing the issue and the leaf scorch problem is very severe . I have a maple tree next to the beech, which also seems to have same problem Sorry for my language, English is not my native language

Luka



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it was dormant when you planted it and you watered it it is probably leaf scorch from strong winds, it will be ok in time. Maples regularly suffer from leaf scorch they need shade when young.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Young leaves are tender things. Lots of my plants were scorched in the spring of 2013 by the cold, dry wind. Having said that, beech does not like to have 'wet feet', so if you can't easily improve the drainage where it is growing, consider moving it next winter, planting it on a small mound to which you have added lots of coarse grit and leaf mould or compost, or if you know of a beech wood nearby, you could maybe collect a bin bag or two of rotted leaf litter to mix into your soil.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That maple should survive in that ground. Assuming it is like the sycamore I plant- they are quite tough and will survive in a lot of ground, including soggy but not too wet.

Is there anyway you can drain the wetness away from the trees/garden?
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