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Topic: Sick Oak tree
Post By Ontario Gardening ID: 13249
Mon, Aug 6 at 07:59:53 EDT
Sick Oak tree

Hi all -


We've been in our house for 4 years now and absolutely adore the oak tree out back and the maple out front. We also adore (as does our toddler) the tree house that has been built around the base of the tree.  Over the last year or so, we're noticing that the leaves are very yellow and crinkled. We've had a tree service come in and prune, but that has not seemed to increase the happiness of the tree.


This past weekend, our neighbours checked in on our plants as we were out of town and it was a very dry weekend. They have been concerned about the health of the oak too and have realized that because of the treehouse, the tap roots haven't been getting ANY water at all. Nor does it get any snow.


Is it possible that this is why the tree is unhappy? SImply because it's not getting enough at the tap roots??? If so, how much should I water and how often?


It seems so obvious now, but I always thought it was more important to water within the drip line...certainly not under the tree house.


Please advise, with thanks!


TG

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