Removing Dead Trees
Well Easter's over and it doesn't look like we're going to have any resurrection on a lot of these trees. You're looking at a Loquat, and its dead. Read my lips. It's dead and it's not coming back. You might as well take it out.
We've seen several trees being affected, like this fig tree for example, and even Crapemyrtle. Some Crapemyrtles are killed, some, such as the one you're looking at, have some dead twigs in them and will come back. It looks tough now but it will come back a little later.
If you've got one dead like this basically what you need to do is come all the way back until you see some sprouts coming out from the base of it. And you simply need to remove the dead portion of the tree and let these sprouts re-grow. They will come back fast because they still have a good root system. It's very simple to remove the tree. Put on your protective goggles of course, get you a good chainsaw, and get after it.
Okay. Take these limbs off so they won't break the house, cut this down, and then you're ready to go. Now there's some trees that are going to be a little tougher to remove and that's some of the big ones called Chinese Tallow that I'm afraid are dead. One of the reasons we don't recommend them is because they're dead as you can see on this one. Even though this may look like a big tree my motto is the bigger they are the harder they fall.
Well it's a lot of work but look at the bright side at least you've got a lot of firewood and you don't have to worry about that for next year. So get these old dead trees down. They're not going to come back from the dead.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener (and timber man).
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