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Question: Today I bought a mimosa tree from one of your retailers. This tree was on sale. I am fairly certain that I can just prune off the dead part of the tree, but I am not sure if I need to treat the newly cut part. The top of the tree seems to have died a long time ago. The top 7 feet is dead. The tree is alive from about 4 1/2 foot and lower. It looks very healthy from the live point down.

What do I need to do with this tree?


Answer: Nora,

Just cut off the dead part and the parts below will take off and build the branches of your new tree. It will probably not grow much this year since fall is not too far away but you do need to keep the soil moist after planting (not soggy wet) so it has a chance to get some roots established. Then next spring it should take off for you.

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