Any gardeners out there? I need help.

Hey guys. I'm going to try my hand at gardening this summer. I have a Crepe Myrtle in front of my house that went through hurricane Katrina (we had a 30ft. storm surge w/ icky salt water from the lake). She's hanging in there like a trooper, but she hasn't bloomed since the storm. Is there anything I can do to help?

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8 replies since 30th March 2008 • Last reply 30th March 2008

I don't know much about gardening but maybe it was because she was exposed to so much salt water so get her some plant food (aaw her hehe) maybe go to your local garden centre and ask what to do?

I hope nothing else was too badly damaged!

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My grandma said she might need some fertilizing. I've never fertilized a tree before, only house plants. I tried to get help at home depot and they didn't have any info for me Happy
We lost all of our Pine trees, a lot of Oaks as well as kinds of trees I can't identify. I live on 8 acres of land located between two marshes. It was so beautiful here before the storm. I've recently started taking pics of all the dead/dying, fallen/falling trees. They are beautiful in a their own way.

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aaaw I love oak trees Happy

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I love oaks. Caution: Oak trees do not want fertilizer or water!! Oaks are slow growers and it takes a long time for them to heal themselves. Watering at the wrong season can kill the oaks. They like winter and spring watering but then hold back watering period all summer.They also have feeding roots and tap roots, a shallow root feeding system that use the oak leaf mulch. Oaks MUST have oak leaf mulch from their own kind in order to feed themselves. Place a dense oak leaf mulch loose 1-2 feet on top of the root zone without working it into the soil and from the trunk of the tree to the most outermost circumference of leaves and branches. The dense oak leaf mulch will produce the needed biozone to feed itself. Grass and some non native plants growing under any native oak tree defeats the purpose and will slowly kill the oak. Grass takes away the oak leaf biozone, thus starving the oak tree. Fertilizer, is like crack to plants and trees, once you give it to them they need it all the time and will die if you stop fertilizing them. Organic matter and water cycles are the best for all plants and trees. Find out the type of trees they are and mulch and water accordingly. Find out the natural habitat of trees found in your area from the local University or College. Local natural trees for your area will do better, grow stronger and are accustomed to your climate. So sad Happy to hear about your trees, they need your help so badly. Pine trees, I'm not the expert since I am allergic to them but again, contact the local University. Local nursery's are expert at selling, but not maintaining a local native environment or landscape IMHO.

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Thanks for all of the info Lipthink! I'm trying to help out this little Crepe Myrtle my grandfather planted when the original house was built in 1994. She hasn't bloomed since the storm and I'm worried about her. We actually planted a few new pines last summer. We also had a huge pond that now is some sort of Katrina pit. Our house is in it as well as lots of other things such as boats, cars,......you get the idea. My uncle's plan is to let some of the natural greenery grow for a bit before we attempt to restore the pond. I'll try to post some pics of my tree graveyard.

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Trees...
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rdsduse/la.htm

http://www.lnps.org/

Crepe Myrtle...
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/newsletters/hortupdate/apr00/h3apr00.html

These sites may help you in your replanting.

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In my boyfriends garden they have an oak tree but they keep it small, and in a ball shape loooove iiit, I love the leaves and I have a fairy obsession and there's loads of myths about oak trees to do with fairies Happy

We have evergreen trees and we had them cut, they look awful now all dead in the middle Happy and the guys didn't do a good job! But 'our' blackbirds keep appearing so I think they are still living in there. I hope they get better in the middle. I wish we had a nice garden it's a mess!

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My mum's friend gave us some Welsh Poppies after the seeds we got off my boyfriends poppies didn't do anything, there was 4 lovely yellow poppies on it and all the petals fell off! And now there is one orange one that's grown so hopefully they'll get growing.

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