How to Save a Mulberry Tree That's Almost Dead

Whether your dying mulberry is a native red mulberry (Morus rubra) or some white mulberry (Morus alba), you have a tree as tough and tolerant as they come. Mulberry trees are drought, salt and pollution tolerant, accepting rich, weak, thin, deep, clay, rocky or sandy soils with a pH ranging from acidic to alkaline. Both kinds of mulberries thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 though 8 and red mulberry also grows happily in zone 9. To aid your ailing tree, you have to start by figuring out what’s wrong. The first question to ask is if the mulberry is getting the hardly any things it absolutely must have to survive.

Walk across your tree in the clear light of the day. Determine if the tree will get sunshine and, if so, how much. All mulberry trees such as full sunlight, so use your garden clippers to split out enough other vegetation so that it gets plenty of rays. Turn on the hose on at the base of this tree and let it run for thirty minutes. Assess how quickly the water heater. Even though mulberries accept most soil types, they need well-drained dirt and will fade when their feet are generally in water. If the soil holds water, amend it with coarse sand or transplant the tree.

Figure out how long ago the mulberry was implanted. A recently planted or transplanted tree suffers shock for many years following the play, only regaining its balance when its root system is fully established. In this period the tree wants a generous supply of water. If your tree is rather new to its location, construct a circular basin about it of loose dirt somewhat bigger than the root ball. Fill the basin with 10 to 15 gallons of water. Allow the water drain and then fill it up again. Give the tree a full basin of water twice weekly for another three months and see if that manages the issue.

Prune off any dead or dying branches at the point where they emerge from the back. Trim off infected or diseased branches at least 6 inches into healthy wood. Burn all of trimmings immediately. Rake all tree pieces, leaves, fruit and dropped branches from beneath the tree and dispose of these as well.

Assess staying leaves, branches and back for pest insects and disease. While myriad diseases and insects attack the mulberry, the tree usually continues to grow vigorously. It is nonetheless a good idea to identify infestations and infections and care for the issue appropriately. Utilize an appropriate organic therapy, when available, for the pest or disease involved. Apply dormant or Bordeaux spray from the winter.

Keep an eye on the tree to see who or what’s spanning its roots. Mulberries have shallow roots and are sensitive to root disturbance. If a pedestrian or car passage runs near the tree, fence off the canopy region and reroute the traffic. Scatter 3 inches of organic mulch over the whole root area of the tree, keeping it 4 inches from the back. Renew the mulch once it breaks down to 1 inch or less.

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