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Question: One month ago I planted an average spirea in a part-shade area. It gets direct sun early in the day, then dappled sun/shade the rest of the day. It is failing but is dry and brittle as if it's burning up. Could it be overly wet? Or should I move it to a place with longer periods of sun?
Thanks so much!

Answer: I think your spirea is just adjusting to its new home. It is always okay to trim off truly dead branches. (The die back might have been an attempt to adjust to its water intake while establishing new roots or may have been the result of accidental damage.) Spireas are very resilient plants and it should grow back quickly assuming the plant is healthy. In fact, they seem to do best with a bit of a trim early each spring and possibly again immediately after bloom to help them maintain a tidy shape. The best thing you can do is be sure it is receiving adequate water while it is becoming established. Give the plant a good deep soaking about every five days along with a few inches of organic mulch to help conserve moisture and keep down weeds. Good luck with your shrub!

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