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    • Shovel Lad
    • By Shovel Lad 25th Apr 17, 11:40 PM
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    Shovel Lad
    My Tree Fell Over
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    • 25th Apr 17, 11:40 PM
    My Tree Fell Over 25th Apr 17 at 11:40 PM
    Status update In Post #18

    Let me first say that I know nothing about gardening, but have recently moved to a new place with a garden and am trying to learn. I don't think the previous occupier had any interest in the garden and so did no real maintenance which I'm trying to put right.

    There is a lawn which when it isn't moss it's dandelion and it is edged with stone chip borders over a - I assume - weed membrane which the weeds had ignored and taken over! The one "feature" is a smallish (7ft) ornamental tree that I think may be some sort of willow but am happy to be corrected on the identification. It isn't much but it is my tree and I like it and now it has fallen over or at least partially, the trunk hasn't snapped or anything it just uprooted itself in the wind.

    I'll admit to having paid little attention to it while I sorted out the obvious weeding apart from noticing it was tied to a stake with electrical cable(!) but when I got back in there and straightened it up I saw that it doesn't look too healthy. This is what it looks like propped upright again:

    It is planted in a little mound with bark over a membrane and despite all the rain we've had recently the soil around the roots was bone dry and had caved in in places. I pulled away the membrane to get a better look and a lot of the roots of the tree are not in the ground at all but just on the bare earth under the membrane, which is probably why it uprooted. The trunk appears to be made up of three or four parts twisting around each other but one is totally rotten (can crush it to powder in your hand) Also, in the canopy there seems to be a lot of dead wood, all the brown twigs in the picture seem dead - they are totally dry and you can snap it easily in your hand, I'm assuming this isn't normal for this sort of tree, but I don't know.

    I'd be grateful for any advice anyone has on how, if possible, it can be helped. After straightening it I packed around the roots with compost and poured several gallons of water on it which the ground just swallowed up. At the moment I'm thinking that maybe I should try cutting out the dead twigs to make it less top heavy and replace the bark and membrane with some good old fashioned compost to give it some nutrients and added anchorage. I know it is the wrong time of year to cut back but I don't think it will survive until the winter in its current state. Is doing this the best thing or will it make it worse? I don't have much money to spend on it so if it is most likely a goner I'd prefer to know and save up for a replacement, but I'd much prefer to save it if possible.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Shovel Lad; 05-05-2018 at 5:32 PM.
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    • harrys nan
    • By harrys nan 11th May 18, 9:47 AM
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    just found this thread

    Your tree looks very happy now and I bet all the birds and insects are now very happy as well.
    Very well done on sticking to your guns
    Treat other's how you like to be treated.

    Harry born 23/09/2008
    New baby grandson, Louie born 28/06/2012,
    Proud nanny to two beautiful boys
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