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There was a fire across the street from my home last year,

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There was a fire across the street from my home last year, I have 2 pecan tree in my front yard. There where full of leaves doing the time of the fire. They had pecans on them also. Well, my trees lost there leaves early. And now my neighbors pecan trees are budding out. Mine are barren. Are my trees dead?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Arboriculture
Expert:  MsAM replied 7 months ago.
Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in Arboriculture. I'm sorry to hear of this fire.Since your tree lost its leaves early, we know it was damaged by the fire. Sometimes when a tree suffers such an injury, it takes a long time to recover. Your trees could still be alive. Because of the fire they may leaf out later. But as you suspect, there is also the possibility that the fire did kill them.To figure this out, use your fingernail to scrape the bark off a patch of smaller twigs from various parts of the tree. If the wood beneath the bark is greenish and damp, the tree is alive. If it is dry and more of a tan color, those twigs are dead. If you find most of the twigs are dead, move onto some bigger branches and scrape a small patch of bark off. Again, look for that green color and moisture. If the bigger branches are alive, but the twigs aren't, prune off as many of the smaller dead areas as you can, that will encourage new growth. If you find that the twigs are alive, make sure the tree has plenty of water. Do just a bit of pruning to see if that spurs new growth. Unless every area you check is dead, I would give the trees some more time. If there's life, it may bud out as late as June or even July. If it doesn't, it isn't likely to survive even if the wood is alive. Only time will tell. If you have more questions, just let me know. I hope your pecans will beat the odds and manage to survive and thrive once more.AnnaMy goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions. Please remember to rate my service after you have all the information you need. I will greatly appreciate a positive rating as that is the only way I am compensated. Thank you!