The Q&A Archives: How do I care for pecan trees?

Question: I think my pecan tree is dying, how can I tell? Pieces of bark from the trees falls off and there is a green algae on the botton of the tree. What should I do. I really do not want to lose the tree.

Answer: Peeling bark is natural - it means the tree is growing rapidly. Lichen or green algae means the soil is too wet because it is not draining well or you are watering too frequently. Pecan trees are drought tolerant so you will only need to water every few weeks. When you do water, apply water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root system. Here's a publication from Texas A & M with information about growing pecan trees. Hope you find it helpful.

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