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Protecting Young Trees from Damage


Hey little buddy. Hey. Hey.

You know a lot of people are wondering why their trees are not growing well and why they've got this funny looking growth around the bottom of the tree. It could be they've got a Ninja turtle in training running loose around their yard. Of course there's not a lot we can do about that, but anytime you hit or damage your tree, you hit it and bruise it, you actually cut it's throat so to speak because it uptakes nutrients through this outside bark. So anytime you hit it and bruise it you're actually cutting the tree's throat so to speak.

Well, it's easy to blame the Ninja guys that do all this stuff, but however it may be that the adults are doing a little ninja work themselves with some of the larger instruments that they might have around. These ninja weapons of destruction may be worse than swords.

[Weed eater]

Well that bark ripped off of there. That tree's not going to make it much longer.

[Lawn mower]

Oh yeah, that ought to kill it.

So to protect your tree and keep it fast growing don't tear that bark off with a lawnmower or the weed eater. Glyphosate can kill the weeds from around it. Keep about two to three inches of mulch around it, keep it moist and it will grow fast for you and do well. As far as Ninja turtle people what you've got to do is take a sword to them.

This is Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service the Weekend Gardener.

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