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I live in Cabot and my house gets full sun the entire day. I went to a tree giveaway
and got a little fir tree, a red oak and a dogwood. Would any of those be good for
backyard plants? Will the dogwood do well in full sun? All of them are very young
trees! I am thinking of putting a red maple in the back yard with loropetalum and
azaleas to hide the cable box. I have never lived in Arkansas and don't know your
Welcome to Arkansas. Dogwoods would not do well in full sun all day—they would sunburn
every summer. They are best in full morning sun or filtered sun. The oak tree is a
wonderful shade tree and by fir, I am assuming you have a bald cypress maybe? It too
will make a large shade tree. Red maples are great mid-sized trees. If you want one
with guaranteed fall color, choose one now with color or go with a named cultivar.
I have a large cypress tree in my front yard that has roots (knees) protruding above
ground. I have been cutting them back to ground level, but now they have expanded
so much that mowing is a problem. My question - can a root/stump grinder remove these
roots without killing the tree? If nothing can be done the tree must be removed. The
roots are numerous and extend as far as 20 feet from the trunk.
I would not recommend using a stump grinder to remove the knees of your bald cypress.
Cutting them off at or slightly below soil level is fine, but if you start grinding
them out I am worried you will damage the root system of your tree. There are numerous
theories of why bald cypress trees have knees—to get oxygen in boggy areas, to help
anchor them, etc.—none of which have been proven that are necessary for plant survival.
It is true that knees are more prevalent in wet areas, but as you have experienced,
they can emerge in a normal landscape. I would hate to see you remove these wonderful
trees because of the knees. Could you do away with some of the lawn and just mulch?
My husband and I are having a disagreement - A cypress tree is planted close to a
gate and branches have grown so much they are blocking the entrance. He says cut the
branch off. I say tie it back, because as it grows the branches will grow up and out
of the way and I don't want to ruin the shape. He says the tree grows from the top
and the bottom branches will always be where they are right now?? What is the correct
thinking on tree growth and pruning?
As much as I hate to tell you - your husband is right. Any branches that are down
low will always be there. New growth is from the top up. I think many people get the
misconception of trees pushing out of the ground and moving up from all the cartoons--consider
Jack and the bean stalk--he got on and it took him to the giant. Pruning off a few
lower limbs is not going to hurt anything, and the tree should grow taller. Making
sure you can see to pull out of your drive is also safer.
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