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29/03/2014 at 14:09

My evergreen (not sure what type) is turning brown in parts - should I be worried or is this normal?

Is there anything I can do to help it get it's colour back?


29/03/2014 at 15:34

It's a fir tree of some kind.  Unfortunately, the brown sections are dead and won't regrow fresh green growth.  If you follow the brown down and find there are green shoots below, cut the brown section off just above where the healthy growth is.  If you're very, very, lucky the green shoots may grow and cover the bare parts you have now revealed.  However, in the vast majority of cases, the tree will continue to die back, so seriously consider removing it and seeing this as an opportunity to plant something else.

29/03/2014 at 16:59

Can't add anything to the good advice from Bob.

29/03/2014 at 17:55

Kelly I would remove it and, as Bob said, see it as an opportunity to get a new bed there.  I removed a conifer last autumn and it was fun to replant that area with perennials 

29/03/2014 at 20:22
Thanks for all the advice. I thought this would be the case. One of the firs at my parents did the same thing a few years back. They aren't really gardeners so just left it and it eventually just died but just wanted to check if there was anything I could do to salvage my own! Once cut down to a stump, which looks to be a fairly easy task as it is not very wide, will it be fairly easy to dig out?

Already started thinking about the space I will have and I am torn between planting something new or building some corner seating in its place... Decisions, decisions! It is a fairly small but sunny garden which already holds two other trees and lots of bamboo so if you have any other ideas, suggestions are always welcome

29/03/2014 at 20:27

that's how mine are,dying  I think from a virus of sorts as my lilac did.

29/03/2014 at 21:40

If I had a similar space, I'd probably go for one of those narrow, tall flowering cherries called Prunus Amanogawa.  Always wanted one!

02/04/2014 at 11:33

I have heard that this problem is caused by a small white fly ( from South Africa ) how true this is I don't know, but they are eating my Lleyandii hedge at a rate of knots - I have tried spraying with an insecticide but to no avail - this disease ? seems to be attacking all sorts of conifers, when you are out and about look at the hedging  -- everyone seems to be blighted by this

02/04/2014 at 12:59

Kelly cut it down to 5' or so to give you a "lever" to pull and push your tree.  Remove side branches to create a pole.

Dig a trench around your tree and sever every root you see....use secateurs or saw.. Dig under all round.  Then pull, push, swear, pull and push and curse some more. Rocking will gradually loosen your tree.  If find it great fun ....well, It is when it starts to move.  

Afterwards, dig over ground and access any remaining roots and remove them.  Dig in plenty of compost, dried manure, etc. and fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  Level and rake. 

Survey your new planting area and imagine something ??ou really want there 

02/04/2014 at 20:39
02/04/2014 at 20:41
Well I have to say Verdun, after that description I am not really looking forward to the job but the rewards after will be good enough for me!

Suze, I will keep a look out - I have conifers in the front garden which thankfully remain untouched for now...
02/04/2014 at 21:34

Kelly, it's usual on here to have doughnuts after doing something strenuous like that - it's amazing how it helps

but you have to be quick or Verdun will eat them all 


02/04/2014 at 21:48


07/04/2014 at 01:07
identification Cause
  • Needle blight is seen on insufficiently irrigated evergreens that are suffering from drought and winter damage. Pathogenic causes for needle blight include infection from root rot fungi. Fungal disorders are commonly seen in trees growing at higher elevations.


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