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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:39 am    Post subject: 7 metre Green Beech appears to be dying Reply with quote

Hi hope someone here can give me some advice, I had a number of trees planted in Feb this year from root balls including 2 large green beech trees.

Both appeared to thrive once the weather warmed up, but in the last couple of weeks one of the trees has struggled, with the crown becoming completely brown, and starting to spread downwards.

The tree immediately beside it is still doing fine.

The soil is good, good drainage including a French drain circa 1 metre deep within a couple of meters of the planting area.

The only thing that I have noticed is brown ants appear to have taken a liking to the tree with a trail going up and down the stem permanently - don't know if this has anything to do with it.

This tree wasn't cheap so hoping someone has some constructive advise here/ suggestions



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was your watering schedule like, tomoshea?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
What was your watering schedule like, tomoshea?


fairly regular, 2 - 3 times a week a good soaking, same as the tree beside it.

I have increased frequency to daily just in case - since Thursday.

Hard to understand why one tree might be impacted an not the other if it was water?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time to get back to your supplier, I think.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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fairly regular, 2 - 3 times a week a good soaking, same as the tree beside it.

I have increased frequency to daily just in case - since Thursday.

Hard to understand why one tree might be impacted an not the other if it was water?


Seems adequate enough.
I do note however that the bark on the tree on the left looks a lot lackluster than the one on the right.
It appears to look a bit old and weathered, nearly like bark that is lifting free from the trunk............. which may be why the ants are interested in it.
A few more pics of the trunk, area above the roots, and any damage would not go amiss.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
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fairly regular, 2 - 3 times a week a good soaking, same as the tree beside it.

I have increased frequency to daily just in case - since Thursday.

Hard to understand why one tree might be impacted an not the other if it was water?


Seems adequate enough.
I do note however that the bark on the tree on the left looks a lot lackluster than the one on the right.
It appears to look a bit old and weathered, nearly like bark that is lifting free from the trunk............. which may be why the ants are interested in it.
A few more pics of the trunk, area above the roots, and any damage would not go amiss.


Picture isn't fair, both trees look about the same its just shadow on the photo, no damage on the tree bark that I can detect.

I have noticed the ants have started to spend more time o the adjacent tree now...
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