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Lovington, NM 88260
Overcon
Jun 11, 2020 6:33 PM CST
I put this tree this year, and for the last week, it has progressively gotten worse. I have sprayed it with Neem oil to kill any bugs, and the water level doesn't seem to bad to me, but it is just getting worse and worse.

I live in South-Eastern New Mexico (20 miles from Texas). Lovington NM 88260.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 11, 2020 7:16 PM CST
Welcome!

Are you watering deep enough to get to beyond the bottom of the root ball? keep the bark back about 1 ft from the trunk (otherwise you will have rot) and put the hose on drip under the tree and let it run for several hours.
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Lovington, NM 88260
Overcon
Jun 12, 2020 1:23 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Are you watering deep enough to get to beyond the bottom of the root ball? keep the bark back about 1 ft from the trunk (otherwise you will have rot) and put the hose on drip under the tree and let it run for several hours.


I have been trying to deep water them once a week, but the sprinklers water the grass every two days. The trees have those weed protection mats around the base, it has about 4 inches around the tree itself and I have the wood away from the tree, but not afoot, only a few inches. I will pull them back even more, but the weed mat is still under the bark.

I will increase the deep watering to every 4 days, but what is the cause of this? Is it definitely a lack of water? The tree root bunch isn't that far down, certainly not much farther than the moisture prob reached when pushed all the way down.

I am surprised this is so difficult to pin down, I am also surprised they are not getting enough water with the amount of watering I do for the grass. I will do a deep watering of them every four days and hope it is not too much. I also ordered some organic white stuff to coat the branches and stuff to help reduce the sun and also some stuff you spray on, like tree sunscreen. I hope I can save the poor thing, I was really hoping they would live to get old Smiling Thank you for the suggestion!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 12, 2020 3:04 PM CST
How long has the tree been planted? Maybe its still trying to acclimate. If you dig down beside the root ball, how is the moisture level? If the soil is damp, wouldn't water more. Cherry trees hate wet feet.

The leaves don't look sunburned, just wilted. You can use light colored latex paint on the trunk (the last one I painte was light pink Smiling ) but I would skip the sunscreen.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Lovington, NM 88260
Overcon
Jun 13, 2020 5:49 AM CST
DaisyI said:How long has the tree been planted? Maybe it's still trying to acclimate. If you dig down beside the root ball, how is the moisture level? If the soil is damp, wouldn't water more. Cherry trees hate wet feet.

The leaves don't look sunburned, just wilted. You can use light-colored latex paint on the trunk (the last one I painted was light pink Smiling ), but I would skip the sunscreen.


So I went and watered it for a few hours, with a drip, and the tree branches actually stood up on end, all proud like. So I think it just needs a good deep watering every few days. I hope it will turn around and not enough damage was done to stunt its growth.

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