Is my tree dead?
August 7, 2014 2:29 PM Subscribe
We have a tree in our parking strip that didn't bloom this year. I think I know why, but am I right, and is the damage repairable?
posted by pdb to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
About three years ago, we planted two young trees in our parking strip. Last fall, probably around November, the city had to do some sewer repairs to our neighbor's house, so they backhoed out a big chunk of our parking strip, including one part of the tree well we'd planted the tree in. To answer your inevitable question, I have no idea what kind of tree - "not fruit" and "not evergreen" is about as close as I can get.
As this spring started, we knew we'd lose some tulips we'd planted around the well of the tree and sure enough we did, but what we weren't expecting was that the tree started growing leaves, then about a week or two later all those leaves turned brown and died, and the tree hasn't produced anything else since. It looks perfectly healthy otherwise, though, and the other tree (same type) we planted 20 feet away is doing just fine.
It would appear that maybe the backhoe took out some of the tree roots, maybe? Would that be enough to cause the tree to not bloom this year? And if that is the case, will time and further root growth solve the problem in coming years?