i don't know if i mulched too close to the trunk or if the chronic canker finally is taking a toll on a family heirloom yellow cherry. it seems to be dying. i removed the mulch and saw that the bark has deteriorated away nearly ringing the tree. this tree had the biggest fruit crop ever this year so it may be the canker and the massive fruit production may have been the dying gasp. either way, i have been watering the poor thing for the past several days manually, trying to give it some moisture during this drought we have had recently. i don't want to saturate it. my goal was always to propagate some trees from it as it came from my grandpa's house and my mom remembers having to get her own switch from the tree when she was bad, lol. i had lots of the cherries go bad in the fridge and they went on my compost pile. i don't know if i could sift through it and locate some seed or not. how well would a cherry tree respond to attempts at (a) untimely grafting...i have other healthy cherry trees/saplings i could use as root stock. i could also shelter the tree and use lights if need be (b) trying to grow a clone from one of the remaining green twigs i see as silly as it sounds, i am seriously bummed out that i may have killed this tree before i got a sapling from it. i may also cordone off a section of my yard and stop mowing it in case some of the fallen cherries decide to sprout. any thoughts would help...perhaps even prayers.