The Q&A Archives: Dying Cherry Blossom Tree

Question: We moved in 2yrs ago & from the start the cherry blossom tree has been fruiting late & dying early. same this year. I put fertilizer spikes a mo ago. I fear it's poisoned: they used to have a bench there & nothing seems to grow there, also they put a lot of mulch, i'm not sure if it's molding, it's powdery white under & same around the house. Rain washes to it from other yards too. leaves r sparse

Answer: I can't tell whether the mulch is causing problems or not. It's natural for organic mulch to decompose and the white mycellium you see is a normal part of the decomposition process. The fungus is feeding on the decomposing mulch material but won't harm the rest of your garden, your plants, or your soil. You can simply rake the mulch around every month or so to incorporate oxygen and stop the white mycellium from growing. I wish I had suggestions for your cherry tree. If it is not behaving well it may never recover. Perhaps the easiest approach will be to replace your sickly tree with a healthy new specimen.

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