Dealing with damaged tree Aug 29, 2019 23:51:50 GMT -5
Post by isaac1 on Aug 29, 2019 23:51:50 GMT -5
One of my in ground Satsumas took another hit today, this tree has had a hard life, and is / was the smallest of my mature Satsuma trees. It is 20+ years old, and is planted in a more exposed part of the yard than the other citrus, 2 years ago during a near record freeze its cover blew off during the night and it suffered significant die back, and did not begin to leaf back out until mid August, eventually about 1/3 of the structure of the tree died, and the remainder (about 8 feet wide by 7 feet tall) has not looked healthy since, though it has continued to produce a limited amount of good fruit. (maybe 50 or so Satsumas last year)
Today it suffered another blow, this time literally as a falling pine tree clobbered it, this has broken off another 30 - 50 % of the remaining limbs including a good bit of the center structure, leaving a scraggly mess that is maybe 7 feet wide and 4 or so feet tall. I am not sure what the best course of action would be on this tree now other than to remove the broken limbs. Should I also remove any of the scraggly twisted structure, or is it better to let it try to recover some before doing anything to try to shape and cut away the less productive still freeze damaged wood? This poor tree is starting to look like a giant bonsai tree.
p.s. the Pine tree was being cut down as it was leaning at about a 20 degree angle thanks to a recent wind storm that did other damage (removed roof from shed, etc.), unfortunately it failed to clear the Satsuma with one of its large side limbs.