The Q&A Archives: live oak in decline

Question: The tree is very! large, withstood katrina, the following cleanup, gustaff, ike, and the following cleanup, and very large trucks compactig soil under its branches. The uppermost branches seem to be dying off; the leaves on the rest of the tree are in clumps. HELP!!!!!

Answer: I wish I had an easy answer for you but storm damage and compacted soils can take a few years to show up on an otherwise healthy tree. I'm most concerned about the clumping foliage. This typically indicates herbicide damage. Since I can't visually inspect the tree, nor do I know the history of the flooding in the area, I really can't make a diagnosis. A very large old oak tree is certainly worth the effort to save so I'd recommend having a certified arborist make a visit and inspect the tree. Let's hope it pulls through!

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