Is Pancho ill?

Location
Dallas
Hello everyone.

First, let me make some disclaimers. I don't know much about trees. With age, I have come to be a super fan of trees and now it's always the first thing that my eyesight detects. To the point that for some reason, I even name them.

This is about Pancho, my front yard Live Oak (I believe). Pancho seems to be ill and I don't know how to help him. So, here is his story... I will be as brief as I can.

  • Pancho lives in a lot where an old house was torn down and a new one built. This in 2018, and I bought the new house.
  • 2019 Pancho was hit by a strong tornado. He survived (many did not) but lost the upper branch and foliage. You can see in the pictures there is nothing at the top.
  • Last year, someone recommended us to apply deep fertilizer to Pancho and other trees. The argument was that with the tornado, they would be stressed and fertilizer would help them regain growth. We did Arbor Green PRO on four trees and all of them seem to be fine, but Pancho.
  • As spring has arrived, Pancho seems to be struggling to develop new green leaves. I have read that Live Oaks are not truly evergreen trees, and they can change foliage at the beginning of the spring. In the beginning, I thought Pancho was in this process, but when I look at the other trees in the neighborhood, including my other Live Oaks, Panchi is still mostly brown while the others are entirely green.
Sorry for the lengthy write-up. I am a little bit desperate about the topic.

Would someone here be so kind to take a look at the attached pictures and give their opinion and thoughts on Pancho's health? I would really appreciate it.

Thanks

Ramon
 

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Tom Dunlap

Here from the beginning
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I'm always suspicious of companies that sell 'deep root fertilizing'. What about the medium and shallow roots? What do they mean by 'deep root'? Usually this shows a lack of good tree knowledge. Fertilizing without a soil sample isn't good practice. Stimulating growth just to have greenery isn't either.

Compare your tree with others in your area. In general, how are all of the trees doing?
 
Location
Dallas
Thanks Tom.

You are right... I was a little suspicious from the beginning, but my wife insisted. I guess they play with the fear of losing the tree. That is why I am writing here instead of asking them or other "specialists." I am afraid of being sold something useless.

Precisely my concern is that trees around the neighborhood look very healthy. Driving around, I have found at least three that look like mine. Live Oaks are very popular in Dallas.

Thanks again.
 

CaPowell

New member
Location
Stillwater, OK
Is there a local county extension agent that you could have come take a look?

They would be much more familiar with what is typical for your area this time of year and might have already dealt with similar cases around town.
 

Tom Dunlap

Here from the beginning
Administrator
Why didn't I see that you were from Dallas? Duh!

I know an arborist, actually, many, in The Metroplex. One in particular comes to mind. He's a straight shooter and will lay out a good plan,

Full disclosure,,,he's my Brother Treelimb Jim

I'll put him in touch with you
 
Location
Dallas
Why didn't I see that you were from Dallas? Duh!

I know an arborist, actually, many, in The Metroplex. One in particular comes to mind. He's a straight shooter and will lay out a good plan,

Full disclosure,,,he's my Brother Treelimb Jim

I'll put him in touch with you
Thant would be great! I will PM you my phone. Thanks
 
Pancho is like the other trees around. We're still sorting out the urban forest after our Chill-Zilla weather event.

I am so glad you put forward a good set of questions and photos. And to the right forum.

As I see it:

Most of the white and red oak species are doing fine. If it showed die back, it probably would have anyways. Some tip dieback on stressed trees. Speculating about Mexican White Oak aka Monterrey Oak.

Similarly, spring as usual, for elms, magnolia ( including saucer ), sweet gum, most maples, cottonwood, hackberry and all the conifers. Seen some tallow and chinaberry that probably should have gone last year.

Bradford and Aristocrat pear, redbuds, showed their colors and on their way.

Ash are being bashful. Crepe myrtles, too. Couldn't make a summary with them, yet.

Pecans are late but showing regular budding patterns.

Poison ivy in full progress!!

Palms? Any guesses? I hope the clients call before they begin to ferment. That smell is worse than a pig barn.

Shrubs: boxwood, vitex, texas mountain laurel and ilex (hollies), nary a scratch.

Ligustrum, rosemary, privet, oleander, did I say palms?, pittosporum: maybe a root sprout but most clients are having them yanked out.
 

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