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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?
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.
Can't add anything to the good advice from Bob.
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
that's how mine are,dying I think from a virus of sorts as my lilac did.
If I had a similar space, I'd probably go for one of those narrow, tall flowering cherries called Prunus Amanogawa. Always wanted one!
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
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
Kelly, it's usual on here to have doughnuts after doing something strenuous like that - it's amazing how it helps
Browning of evergreen is referred to as needle blight. The disorder is more frequently seen on pine and spruce . Arborvitae, yew, and juniper trees are also affected. (Reference 2)
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.
Affected trees start to display large numbers of needles turning red, yellow or purple. Discoloration starts from top and needles eventually turn brown. In severe cases, the whole tree takes on a brown look. Suffering trees are likely to die completely within a couple of seasons if corrective measures are not taken in time.
Keep trees well watered especially during warm weather. Keep the soil under evergreens moist to a depth of at least 4 feet through out the year. Avoid over-watering, as this leads to root rot. Try not to damage roots and apply balanced in spring.
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