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Question: About 3 weeks ago I purchased a Kieffer Pear Tree - it looked great upon purchase, had nice green leaves, etc. When planting it in my backyard the mulch like covering around the root ball fell apart, however, I proceeded to plant it in well drained soil in an area that gets sun for about 1/2 of the day.

I water the tree daily and it doesn't seem to be doing well at all. Most of the leaves wilted and dried up and those that are left are still somewhat green but very wilted - all of this regardless of how much water I give it.

What should I do?? Is there anything that can be done to help it along? Did messing with the root ball cause this problem..?

I appreciate your time and information. Thank you.

Answer: Stephanie,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Your pear tree may still be trying to recover from the initial problem at planting. It is also possible that the soil is staying too soggy wet and the roots are drowning from lack of oxygen. You'll have to dig down a few inches into the soil around the root system and feel it to see if it need more or less water. Fix the soil moisture levels and the tree will have the best chance to recover.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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