How to Kill a Tree

Source: Dr. Bonnie Appleton, Virginia Tech University

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

8 comments on “How to Kill a Tree

  1. Hey! Where can I get a copy of this poster for my tree steward group?

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  3. In all the years that I have been inspecting trees, I have found that what causes more damage than anything else are the so-called ‘gardeners’ and ‘arborists’ who get paid to take care of them.

  4. Years ago, I went to a local tree nursery and purchased three large trees for my backyard. It was spring, they were very busy, and had hired extra help. The trees were planted while I was at work, and I came home and was thrilled with their placement. As the weeks went on, the trees didn’t look good. I kept pouring the water on, but eventually all three died. As my husband and I started digging to dispose of them, we found they had all been planted in a plastic transportation wrapper of some sort. Yes – trees won’t live with their roots wrapped in plastic. No – there was no refund because the nursery had been sold for development. 🙂

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