Trees and Shrubs forum→Young Life Oak in Dallas, TX

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Dallas, TX
Waveguide
May 7, 2020 9:19 AM CST
Hi
We planted Life Oak about 6 years ago in Dallas, TX. Some branches go dry.
I am not sure what are we doing wrong.
1. We placed mulch around the tree - should it be there? I have a feeling that soil needs "to breath" ( supply of oxygen). So I am not sure if this mulch helps or causes damage?
2. Should we fertilize our tree? It's native to the region, so I wouldn't believe so ?
3. What else should we do ( or should not do) to make sure that it is doing well?

The young life oak tree
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Some dry branches
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mulch around the tree
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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oneeyeluke
May 9, 2020 2:12 PM CST
Your tree has a bad injury on one side from Winter sunscald and that doesn't help. Don't fertilize because that won't help and may hurt the tree more. One thing that would help is to expose the root flairs to better transpire gases from the root zone. Remove the top two inches of topsoil around the tree and expose the flairs, and be very gentle. You have a very nice flair starting with this tree so its shouldn't be that hard. The top photos are healthy and the two on bottom are planted too deep. I hope that helps
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