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Very sick mature bay tree

we have a very old 20ft bay tree in the garden which is looking very unwell ???? It does not have many leaves and the ones it does have are browning, it does however have many healthy suckers growing from the base.

Should I remove the suckers to revitalise the main tree or does it need some tree surgery to help it? is chopping it back likely to kill it off even quicker?


  • MmaycarMmaycar Posts: 5


    here are some photos of the poor thing!

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I notice it seems to be on a border - is there any chance it has been damaged by a neighbour's digging?

  • MmaycarMmaycar Posts: 5

    no, we built the decking area beside it around 12 years ago, the fence behind borders a footpath.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    The tree may be too far gone to be revived. However, when bays are killed in cold weather they often come back from ground shoots, so they may be your best bet, but that's as far as I can say. If you do get someone in, do be careful to get someone with some gardening knowledge to advise you further.

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