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Maple

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Question: 123-5201
I have a Maple that has water collecting in a crotch about 8 feet of the ground. The tree stands about 30 feet. What can I do to remedy this? Frank, Jamestown, RI

Mort's Answer:
In all probability there is a nest of earwigs in that junction. Build a staging for some intensive surgery. Remove all the rotted wood. You will need a wood chisel, a wood hammer and a sharp linoleum knife. The incision will start of one side and extend through the joint and to the opposite limb. The incision has to be leave shaped and continuous with a point at each end. It should encircle the entire infected area. Scrape down as deep and wide as necessary to remove all brown and tan wood. When you have dug out all the material, dab the area with malathion, if you found insects. Fill the crotch with a cement mortar compound. Mound the cement to drain away from the tree limbs. If this seems too cumbersome, hire a tree surgeon or arborist to do the work for you.

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Question: 459-3510
I have a red maple in a 12 inch container. Can I leave it through the winter? Fred, Canterbury, CT

Mort's Answer:
It is not advisable because of its susceptibility to drying. A frost may also crack the pot. Since it will outgrow the pot at some point, I would make the transition to the ground this fall. If you feel a need to keep it this winter in that pot, cover the entire plant and pot with burlap tent. Mulch the pot with straw before erecting the tent.

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Question: 1002-3513
My 30 year old large leaved maple has almost one side without foliage. There are cracks in the bark near the soil line. There also appears to be little holes in the bark. What is it and can it be remedied? Paul, Beckley, WV

Mort's Answer:
You tree is afflicted with earwigs. Holes are made by ants trying to steal the eggs. You will need professional surgery by an arborist. You can do it yourself as well. You will need to get a sharp linoleum knife to penetrate the bark. Make an incision that is long and wide enough to include all the brown area under the bark. There must be a point at the top and bottom so the cut is contiguous. Scrape as deep as necessary with a chisel to remove the brown area. Dab the open wound with malathion and cover with roofing compound. If it is over four inches deep, you can use cement. If the tree is completely girdled by the infestation, the tree is lost. Since the food supply is cut off on only one side, this is unlikely.

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Question: 1037-4313
I have a green and gray mold growing on the edge of the roof. We have a large maple close by the roof. It is a two and a half food strip along the eave. How can I get rid of it without hurting the shingles? Marie, French Lick, IN

Mort's Answer:
Lichen is a fungal growth that thrives in algae. You need to thin out the maple or cut it down or move the house. The maple will progressively add more shade as time goes by. Algae grows best in shade and can be treated with hydrated lime wash. Lime wash should be washed off after a couple of days. The maple may also be hosting the fungus but it more likely coming from pine or Juniper. Your trees can be sprayed for fungi each year. If you do not remove the tree to allow sunlight to kill the lichen, thin it out. Sour milk will aLso kill the green algae next spring.

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