Reviving Old Trees

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated July 28, 2021)

Instead of cutting down or otherwise removing an old tree, why not try reviving it instead? Reviving old trees isn't particularly difficult, though it will require that you do a bit of work on your part. If you are interested, there are a few things that you can do yourself.

  • Grafting can help. One of the best ways that you can go about reviving old trees is to try grafting. Often times, simply attaching a new bit of new tree to the old parts can go a long way to getting your old tree restarted. However, before you can attempt this method you will want to make sure that you are ready to actually undertake this step, and that your tree can withstand the work done. This is a rather traumatic experience for your tree, and should be approached with all due caution. In addition, you will also need to know what method will work best, though in most cases it will be the cleft grafting method.
  • Check the roots. Pull out a spade, and carefully begin digging around the roots of the old tree. Often times one of the most common areas that you can find a problem for old trees is in the roots. Whether they have balled up for some reason, gotten tangled up with sewer lines, water lines, or some other utility system, or some other problem, you need to identify what the problem is before you can take the appropriate measures. Keep in mind that if there are any problems with utility lines then you will also need to call the utility companies to make sure that you don't accidentally damage something that you will have to pay for later on.
  • Check for disease. If you are not already familiar with the signs of common tree illnesses, become so. Often times what looks like a dead, or dying, old tree is actually one that is only a little sick. With the proper care and effort on your part you will be able to save and revive your old tree, and have it looking like new again.
  • Call a professional. If you have tried everything else, and you still can't figure out what could be causing the problem then it is time to call in the professional. They will have the experience, and the tools, to tell you whether or not your tree can be saved. Furthermore, if it can be saved, they will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do in your particular situation.

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Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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