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Arborvitae Trees Turning Brown

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These versatile, attractive trees from the cypress family are used extensively in landscaping, and prefer moist well drained soil. This is a guide about arborvitae trees turning brown.


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June 4, 2009

My arborvitaes are turning brown. Any ideas?

By Doxiemom from Coplay, PA



June 4, 20090 found this helpful

They all do tend to turn brown a little, so it depends on how bad the problem is. Sometimes it's winter burn from the wind and cold that gets them or it could be from not enough sun (they like full sun to part shade). I would take a left of two down to a nursery and see if they have any ideas. Have you added compost to the soil and made sure it drains well and doesn't puddle near the base of the tree? Also, don't fertilize until you know the trees are ok-- would just stress them out!

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June 12, 20090 found this helpful

Make sure they are not to close together. They need the air to circulate around them as much as enough light.

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April 11, 20140 found this helpful

I have 21 arborvitae trees that are dry and dying. They are turning brown after winter in Nebraska. They're 3 years old. What's going on?

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