Thank you. We have a few table spoons of amdro left so I'll use that and next time at ask mart puck over n out uo. It got great reviews aside tour recommendation.Colonel K0rn said:Regarding the ants, Amdro would be safe to put around the tree. An alternate, and more effective treatment is "Over 'n Out", which has fipronil. It will kill the ants quicker than Amdro, and it's easy to broadcast. You can get the product I mentioned, or you can look for fipronil online in the liquid form, and treat the whole yard. I love that stuff because it's really really effective.
For the health of the tree, reach out to your county extension agent, and ask to talk to the master gardener. I'm sure they have someone working in conjunction with A&M that can help you figure out what's going on.
I believe we need to water the tree. It gets FULL sun and is hotter where it's at than the front. When I head into town next week I'll pick up another soaker hose.
Later on today I'll shoot an email over to our extension. Any other input would be great as well.