Ask a Question forum: Can this tree be saved? (with pics)

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Jul 21, 2016 7:31 PM CST
First of all, I think it is an Elm tree. Can someone confirm?

This is my first year in this house and I notice the elm tree in my backyard has leaves+barks+branches falling in the middle of the summer. The leaves become yellowish as shown on the pictures below.

At first, I thought it caught the Dutch Elm Disease, but I didn't see any symptoms of 2mm diameter holes drilled through the bark. See close-up pictures below.

Then, I thought it was a drought issue. So I tried to dig up a tree ring and noticed there were 1 or 2 girdling roots around the bottom of the trunk. I removed them and put some mulch, but still it didn't help much.

What's wrong with it? Can I still save this tree?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 21, 2016 9:11 PM CST
Hi Phil, Welcome! to NGA

I don't know what your tree problems are but someone will be along shortly to help you sort it out. In the mean time, if you could add your location to your information, it would be really helpful to the people who know something.

Great photos!

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

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jul 22, 2016 4:42 AM CST
Welcome! again, Phil. You did get a reply when you posted this question a few days ago, here's the previous thread:

The thread "How can I save this Elm tree? (with pics)" in Ask a Question forum

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