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Identifying and Caring for a Tree...

Hello! I will start this off with how little I know about gardening, so speak to me as though you are trying to teach an 85 y/o woman about computers... (If you don't mind!)

We have this tree that came with our house. I'm fairly confident it's a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. As you can tell from the picture, it's in a pretty poor shape (really the whole area is...try not to judge!) The bark is beginning to crack a bit, and I think perhaps we are supposed to be staking it to help the tree continue to grow in the curved manner? When we acquired the house, the end of it was touching the ground (as it is in the picture). These were planted by a landscaping company, but I do not believe the did the best job on all of this.

Anyway, I'm hoping to help this poor plant out and fix it's growth. So my question is, is this a plant you continue to "stake"... is the top supposed to be touching the ground like it is? And, if it is supposed to be staked, how does one go about most effectively doing that?

Also...I can accept that I may be completely off base with the entire tree...

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Wow. I have never heard of this tree. That is so cool. I did a little research. Here are a few links that may help you:

This link is just some basic care information: ... uatlas.htm

This one is a step by step, how to stake up this tree and train it: ... cedar.html

Enjoy the tree! That is beautiful and worth trying to help it train and survive!

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Thank you! I've been able to confirm that it is what I thought it was... we are still working on the staking part, so thank you so much for the link!

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