Cherry Tree With Dying Branches - Knowledgebase Question

Fillmore, IN
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Question by kty1
January 22, 1998
Our 20 year old wild cherry has many dying branches. About 2 years ago we did some dozing but the roots were not disturbed. We did put more dirt around the base. Our other cherry tress as old are doing fine. Can you help us?

Answer from NGA
January 22, 1998
Sounds as though putting additional soil over the roots may have compromised the health of your tree. Essentially, you've changed the rate of air and moisture that the roots were used to receiving and that's caused it some distress.

It ispossible that the tree has developed a disease along the way - plants under stress are more susceptible to insect infestation and disease development. Remove the affected branches and just wait and see. It may still recover.

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