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Canton, MI
Jun 1, 2017 5:36 PM CST
I'm not much of a green thumb and need a little help diagnosing an issue with one od our trees. Our house is 3 years old and the tree was transplanted when we finished our house. I always thought that it was struggling to take hold after re-planting, but this year I noticed that some of the bark fell off and the tree appears to be under even more stress. Any ideas on what's going on or how to help the tree survive?

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Jun 1, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Is it getting enough water? It looks very dry. Maybe someone else with another idea will be along.
Canton, MI
Jun 1, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Thanks Zencat. The yard seems to get enough water, but it does slope slightly down toward the street behind it.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Jun 1, 2017 11:05 PM CST

I recommend that you consult a certified arborist (emphasis on 'certified') because the tree is not looking good.

Can't tell from the pictures if the tree might be planted too deeply. The root flares should always be exposed. I just got an email on that subject and will send a link when I'm at my computer rather than using my phone. (still have much too learn about using my phone.)
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 2, 2017 12:12 AM CST
The tree looks like borer damage. The Emerald Ash Borer seems to be a major problem in Michigan.

We had a Flat Headed Borer invasion in California several years ago. Those borers followed the roots and killed every tree within root reach. The only way to stop them is cut the tree down and dispose of the wood.

If I were you, I would check into borers (and how to stop them) ASAP.

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Jun 2, 2017 1:37 AM CST
Here's the article about root flare. You might need to fix this but you also might have another issue.

BTW - did you tell us what kind of tree it is?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jun 2, 2017 11:40 AM CST
To me, it looks like damage from the nursery.
Looks like possible winter sun scald.

I'd start over.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jun 2, 2017 12:07 PM CST
If that whole side of the tree seems to be dying, my guess would be that the roots on that side are badly damaged and unable to support the tree nutritionally. Perhaps they were severed during transplant?

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