Answer: Unfortunately, I suspect they are in serious trouble. These plants need an evenly moist yet well drained soil meaning not soggy, and fertilizing evergreens is normally suggested only in spring. Finally, most evergreens are better planted in spring to reduce stress while they become established; a dry or windy winter can really hold them back and possibly kill them outright. To top it off, last year was so dry they may have been stressed before you brought them home, and then underwatering during that dry fall would have stressed them even more. Don't be too discouraged, though, many gardeners get their green thumbs through a lot of trial and error. In the meantime, you might consult with your county extension to see if these can be salvaged.
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