Landscape plastic damaging my Mesquites?

maryacrobbinsJanuary 31, 2013

I have a rock landscape yard. Unfortunately the previous owners had put down landscape plastic, even right up to the trunks of the trees. I'm currently in the process of removing it all.

During this process I've noticed that the ground was totally damp beneath all the plastic, and it had been at least a month since it rained last. This leads me to believe that the trees have constantly been soaking in this damp soil. My native Mesquite trees don't look so hot. The bark is peeling off and sap oozes from them. Could this be in part because the damp soil? Now that I've removed the plastic will it get better or do I still need to take some sort of action?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes the plastic was damaging the root systems of all the plants in the area.

Leave the trees alone for several months and see if they recover.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 8:45AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
drumstick tree
I was reading old posts and this tree sounds great. I...
Water Softener
I'm going to install a new water softener to replace...
Has anyone got rid of Bermuda Grass without chemicals
Has anyone got rid of Bermuda Grass without chemicals....
NOT in love with my sapote tree
Hi everyone, I'm so NOT in love with my grafted sapote...
Yaupon Holly
Someone reccomended yaupon holly as a good substitute...
Sponsored Products
Majestic Overview III Wall Art
$419.00 | FRONTGATE
Nourison Runner: Modesto Vines Green 2' 2" x 7' 3"
$36.97 | Home Depot
Traverse Pink and Orange Rectangular: 5 Ft. x 8 Ft. Rug
$460.00 | Bellacor
Hinkley Lighting Path & Landscape Light Parts 12 in. Aluminum Stem Verdi Finish
$9.00 | Home Depot
Orbit 8 Pattern Turret Sprinkler - 1404-7088
$21.99 | Hayneedle
Super Duty Byram Black 6-Piece LED Landscape Lighting Set
Lamps Plus
Torrey Rug 8' x 10' - BLUE/CREAM
$4,669.00 | Horchow
Hinkley 21 1/2" High Shell Low Voltage LED Landscape Light
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™