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Tree Restoration

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Thu Aug 23 09:07:56 EST 2001

Your trees may fill out and down a little from buds on the lower
branches, but most hardwoods grow from the top and the ends of the
branches and usually won't add branches of any size below existing
branches.  You may get a few sprouts from the roots, but don't hope
for too much.  Your land sounds lovely, though, and with all the great
shade, you could work on a splendid woodland garden with ferns and
orchids and other natives.

M. Reed

Don wrote:
> I have a question regarding land I have which I'm planning on building a
> house on sometime. For one thing I apologize if there's a newsgroup better
> suited for this question as I didn't see one, and secondly, be gentle, as
> I'm very new to the realm of plants or trees, as my knowledge of it is very
> limited, so, simple terms please. My land is located in Central New York,
> with plenty of Maple, Hemlock, Hickory, Beech, some Birch, Cherry, Crab or
> Pond Apple and Ash. Besides clearing an area to build, I've been cutting a
> lot of wild grape vines, some as thick as 3 to 4 inches which have climbed
> up just about every tree on the lot, and many trees have already toppled due
> to the vines. I'm hoping this will help in bringing some back to health.
> Many of the trees are like poles with no branches or greenery except towards
> the top of trees, be it a fifty foot tree or a five foot tree. Is there
> anything that can be done to get some of these trees to start branching out
> and growing leaves towards the bottom and filling out like a normal tree,
> especially the hemlocks, since it would be nice to have them full for
> winters. Any info and any thoughts on what my course of action should be is
> greatly appreciated. Thanks Again.
> Don

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