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May 28, 2018 5:00 PM CST
Southern California (Zone 10a)
I bought a 5 foot tall Hass Avacado Tree, planted it in my backyard, and a few days later my Labrador dog tore off all the branches and leaves from the bottom 2/3 of the tree. My question is, should I buy a new tree or can I just leave the tree as is and install a wire fence around the tree to protect the tree from my dog in the future, and wait for the branches and leaves to grow again. Will it be stunted and not as big because the dog tore off all the branches and leaves? If the answer is yes I am considering buying a brand new avocado tree and replanting it. What are your thoughts on this? Should I just throw away this tree and get a new one?
Avatar for Saltflower
May 28, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Rabbit Keeper
I definitely wouldn't toss the tree yet. Give it more time. Hass is the only avocado I'll buy. They're meaty and not thin and watery like Fuertes.
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May 28, 2018 5:48 PM CST
Name: Cybrczch
SE Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Region: Nebraska Vegetable Grower
Since Hass avocado trees can grow up to 35 feet tall, you have plenty of growing room left. Leave the tree and cage the trunk, and it'll put out new growth out of reach of your dog.
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May 28, 2018 6:00 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Rabbit Keeper
I agree
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May 28, 2018 6:36 PM CST
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Thats good news. thanks for the input. No one really answered my question about whether or not the tree will be stunted in the future. I assume the answer is no based on your responses.
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May 28, 2018 7:53 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Trees grow from the top...not the bottom, so the dog may have done you a favor, as all new growth will take place above the damage.
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May 28, 2018 8:38 PM CST
Southern California (Zone 10a)
this is a truly good news forum.
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May 28, 2018 9:09 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Rabbit Keeper
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