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Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:35

Just  another  thought - the tree in the last pic, the right hand one - doesn't look great anyway Mike. You might be better removing it and planting something else instead to give you the screening you want.

Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:31

Hope you can resolve it Mike. It's always a shame if you have something mature which you'd like to keep, and it fails.

The pruning you've done -  clearing the lower trunk - will let more light in, which will benefit your grass. I originally thought you might have cut back into old wood which is a more common cause of conifers dying as they won't regenerate from old wood.

Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:25

Aah - I thought the trees were up against your boundary Mike, not in the middle of the lawn. The turfers should really have left a good circle of soil round them, so maybe that's the issue after all. I'd do what nut suggests and see what the trunk's like.

The 'berries' are just the seeds of the tree. 

Laburnum tree problem

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:19

Gavin - we have the same problem with rain here in Scotland!

Dove' right  - if the hole's not prepared with compost etc when planting, water can just collect in it, especially if you have clay soil. It dries out in hot weather and becomes solid and sticky in rain so needs some improving before planting anything.  Plants will sometimes take a while to show signs of damage.  However,  I'm just looking at your pic and I can see some dead grass in the background. Has there been weedkiller used in the area? It could have drifted onto the foliage.

Laburnum tree problem

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:41

Hi Gavin. Did you prepare the area well before planting, and keep it well watered and mulched through the dry summer last year? New trees need a fair bit of attention initially till they get established, and if the site isn't perfect, it may  be as simple as lack of water. An open, exposed site can mean a bit of damage from wind which also results in leaves getting brown and crisp, so does that sound like the spot you've planted it?

Any extra info will be very helpful or a pic if you can post one. Click on the green tree icon and follow the instructions 

Help Fir trees Dying

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:30

Hi Mike, did you cut the fir trees back at all when you were doing other pruning in your garden? 

I'd agree that trees - like hedging - will always benefit from having a clear area round them, free from grass or any other weeds and planting, but I wouldn't have thought mature trees would have suffered too much, and it seems from your description they're a good size if they're blocking an ugly view. I'm also quite surprised that whoever laid the new lawn took it right under the trees, but that's a different issue.  I have a mature conifer in the corner of my back garden which has had lots of turf lifted from other areas, turned upside down and built up round it's base last year - to no negative effect.

Rhus Japonica ( I think )

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:19

Good luck Peter.  Knew Verdun would advise if he was around 

They're lovely if you have the right place but they're invasive in the wrong one. I think they're less so in heavy clay - there's quite a few of them in my area, and they're in borders with other planting. Perhaps I should ask the owners if they're as well behaved in their gardens as they look ! 

Rhus Japonica ( I think )

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:50

Hi Peter, I don't have personal experience of this shrub, but lots of people on here have. I believe the problem is that, when you cut it down, it makes it sprout more suckers as you've unfortunately discovered.  

From reading previous discussions,  I think weedkiller with glyphosate is the most successful remedy, but I'm sure someone else will be along shortly to help you properly.

Now there's irony

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:41

Perhaps you should contact the manufacturers Lulu!  

lawn help!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:39

I think since this thread was started over two years ago, the original poster has probably sorted her grass by now! 

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