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Why did my tree die

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Why did my tree die
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Landscaping
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I have pictures of water oak
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Pin oak tree
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Pin oak tree with disease? I have pictures.
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Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
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Please upload your pictures, and I will help figure out what happened to your tree. Some preliminary questions: are there any other oaks nearby? Was there any disturbance to the site close to the tree in the past few years?
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Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
What state and city are you in?
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Katy Texas. No other problems. We got a ton of water with hurricane
Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
When did the tree turn brown? Did it happen all at once?
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Slowly over time.
Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
Slowly starting when? Did it all brown evenly all over, or did it start from the top down? Please give me as much information as you can that you think may be helpful.
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
There are back ants living at the base of the tree it started with the trunk first and then the leaves all turned. It has been slowly dying for 4 or 6 months then after the hurricane I got 25 inches of rain and then everything went brown.
Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
Did any other nearby trees die in this same way recently?
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
No this is the only one.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
we have 5 other oak trees around the property plus 100 acres of woods near by with no problems
Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
Is this oak the most exposed? I don't see any other trees nearby in the photos.
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Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
From what I've read, the drought of 2011 has severely stressed oaks in the region. This was compounded by the very heavy rains of spring 2016. These stresses likely made your Tree vulnerable to destructive agents like root rot or wood boring insects. Add to that the drowning of Harvey rain waters, it was the final straw.Sine the tree is dead and needs to be removed, have the tree service that performs the work do an "autopsy" on the tree. The can peel back the bark on the trunk and see if they find any evidence of beetles or fungal hyphae.
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Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
Please be certain to rate my service, thank you.
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Thank you , will do
Landscaper: W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist replied 11 months ago
Please remember to rate my service, thank you.
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