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How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

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You can bolt the split trunk back together or use a steel rod as a brace. The important thing is to stabilize the trunk as much as possible by closing the split. While the crack won`t close completely, the tree will no longer fall apart and allow the crack to widen.
Since young or newly planted trees are the most likely to crack or split, you can prevent cracks by wrapping the trunk of a young tree with tree wrap in the winter or even reflective white plastic that will reflect the sun and prevent damage. Be sure to take off the wrap when temperatures start rising in the spring.
The most common cause for splitting tree bark is from frost cracking or “sun scald.” Sun Scald most often occurs on the south to southwest side of tree trunks on young trees with thin bark. On a warm winter days, the direct sun`s heat warms up the surface of the bark. Later that night, these areas rapidly re-freeze.
Saving A Cracked Tree

With help, a split tree can heal itself over several months. Professionals use techniques like bracing and cabling to save your tree. First, the tree is fitted with braces, which are threaded stainless steel rods that go through the trunk to hold the split sections together.

Healthy trees usually recover from wounding quickly. Try to keep wounded trees growing vigorously by watering them during droughts and providing proper fertilization. This will increase the rate of wound closure, enhance callus growth and improve the resistance to decay mechanisms.
Identification tip: Cracked, dry bark on the lower trunk may be due to Dothiorella gummosis, Exocortis, Hendersonula tree and branch wilt, Psorosis, or infection by Phytophthora spp.
Trunk wounds that penetrate the bark will damage the cambium layer, a thin layer of vascular tissue, which is vital to movement of water and nutrients. If less than 25% of the bark around the trunk has been damaged, the tree will probably recover.
In most cases, it is best to simply let wounds seal on their own. Over millennia, trees have developed effective mechanisms for this. Unlike people or animals, woody plants are unable to heal damaged tissues. Instead, they compartmentalize wounds with layers of cells that prevent damage from spreading any further.

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LIne will not hold
ANSWER : This is not a threading problem.
don’t hit anything that is harder than the line you are using, like tree trunk, cement curb,etc…. the trim line is thin, if you want to, you can change the line to a thicker one. that should last little longer.
also, you can take out the line sizer (cutter) from the trimmer cover.

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Why can I pull out brown fronds by my hands on my sago palm’s trunk?
ANSWER : Usually once every year or two, Sago Palms bottom frond will die off in order to produce new ones that shoot out the top. Once they die you can pull them out with your hand because the fibers that attach them are also dead.

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I have a poulan 42cc pp4218avx chainnsaw manufactured by electrolux . i bought new at lows or home depot at least 2 yrs ago. i cut an apricot tree, an ash tree and a pine tree, 3 in total down. . The oiler stopped oiling and the shearpin on flywheel sheared . also the clutch busted ( 3/8) plus the washer in 3 places busted. nothing i did cutting the trees down was of abnormal. shouldn’t i get more than 3 trees cut out of one chainsaw?\r\nis there a recall for bad part being used in this product?? would appreciate an answer. tom shafer , carlisle. pa.
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2375 poulan chain saw brake is shot,how do I fix it?
ANSWER : You Likely by this time have resolved this. Mine messed up one day and I found a spring inside it. This spring wraps around the counter weights and pulls them together at idle speed, allowing the chain to stop, without stopping the motor. As you throttle it up and the RPM increases the spring allows the weights to push outward , engaging the chain. I have used mine without it, but I’m sure that would not be a recommended procedure, as the chain is always engaged, even when idling.

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The trunk of our lemon tree is splitting. Can you tell me what causes this and how do I fix it ?
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How do you use roundup to kill a tree stump? – Roundup "" Weed & Grass Killer
ANSWER : Hello, I am a grower and licensed pesticides applicator (40 yrs exp).
Roundup lost the trade mark years ago,”glyphosphate” which is now marketed (cheaper) under many other names,
Will kill a live tree if sprayed on the leaves! Also will damage young trees if you just get over spray on the trunk while spraying weeds.
Also, kills grass as well as broadleaved plants.
To kill a tree you would need to spray the leaves, then wait at least a month before cutting the tree down. I have successfully killed a few stumps by spraying the live suckers.
Be especially careful of spray drift as the finer the droplets are the more effective the chemical is. Read the label!

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What can cause no new growth on my 2 year old potted ******* and the leaves though looking healthy are falling. ?HELP??
ANSWER : It may need more room for its roots / a bigger pot with fresh potting soil for additional nutrients.

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When i try to do a horizontal cut my saw seems to bite in for a start, but then just runs free in the tree not taking a bite or drawing the saw in, this has also happened with 45% cuts, is this my own doing? have i obtained a bad habbit im not noticing! i have tried to tilt the angle to see if its my position thats causing it not to bite into the wood, but this doesnt seem to solve the problem. the bar is about 2 years old and seems to be even, as does my chain, i even tried a new chain but no change. i would be gratefull for any feed back.
ANSWER : Sawing with a chainsaw is mostly 2 part, a sharp chain and good technique.If your bar is straight, your chain is razor sharp and the oil reservoir full then it boils down to technique. You cannot run a chainsaw through horizontally on a big tree, what will happen is half the time the tree’s weight will begin to collapse upon the bar and pinch it in the tree and you will not be able to saw any further.You will notice that when felling a tree the vertical cuts are always problem free because gravity pulls the off-cut away from the saw. With horizontal cuts fire your blade in at an angle, and in cut in the direction the tree (or whatever) is likly to fall. As you cut rock your blade to help it bite into the wood and resist jamming. If your chain jams do not keep on the gas for you will burn out the clutch.For an awkard cut instead of feeding it right through cut towards the middle to create a notch, then cut from the other side, the weight of the tree will fall on the cut portion leaving your blade free to slice through.Just think logically and make sure that the blade can feed through without getting pinched, this is well represented if you get a log and support both sides then cut vertically in the centre; it will get pinched imeediatly. Now cut from the underside and it will fly right through.This is difficult to describe but plan your cuts and test it out.Cheers,Kevin

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