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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:23 pm    Post subject: Sorbus dead branches Reply with quote

Anyone else notice their trees with dead branches at the start of August? I noticed this on the leaves of the tree (see pic) plus several dead branches on it around beginning August. The trees over my wall on the public path also had dead sections on them. Any ideas? Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like leaf colour change for Autumn to me plus some branches will fall with the wind and with lack of water getting to the roots. Possible causes of branches dying
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those leaves look completely normal for this time of year. If lower branches have died, that's natural, and nothing to worry about as long as the canopy is growing. If the upper branches are dying back, that's drought. You can check if a branch is dead by scraping it with a sharp knife. Green= alive, brown= dead. If a branch is dead, remove it by a clean cut (loppers or pruning saw) at the branch collar, just before the swelling where the branch meets the stem. If a twig is dead, just snip it off.
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