Sick Cherry tree

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Posted by sue on July 15, 2003 at 17:38:37:

We have a large cherry tree in our yard that has bore huge amounts
of cherries each year in mid June until this year. I don't know the
type of tree except the fruit is very sweet and tasty. This year the tree
had only about 10-12 cherries that we could see and the leaves appear wilted and
are turning yellow and curling. We had a wet spring and because grass does
not grow well under the tree now we covered a large area with pea gravel around the
base of the tree to cut down on the mud. Some of the root system was becoming exposed
and the stone has covered everything. We love our tree but are worried that
we did something to it by putting the pea gravel down. There does not appear to
be anything on the leaves but there are some marks on the tree trunk.
Any suggestions are appreciated as we are horticulturally challenged! We live on the shores
of Lake Ontario on a hill so drainage runs down to the end of the yard and
the tree is mid way down the yard.

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