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Question: last summer I planted 3 blue star junipers. They did not do well and by spring all 3 turned brown and died. In May, I replaced them with very healthy looking ones. I have noticed that some of the branches have turned brown and I had to cut them off. These plants are planted in full sun with mulch on top. What do you think is wrong?

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description it is difficult to diagnose what is happening with your junipers. These shrubs do best in a full sun location with good air circulation and soil that is well drained. The most common reason for failure with this plant is a planting site that is too wet, meaning not well drained. Loss of lower branches first would be an indication of that. Planting them too deeply can also cause similar symptoms, as can over-applying mulch, as can plantin groot bound plants. There are also some pest and disease problems that could cause them to brown. I would suggest you consult with your retailer to see if they can help you troubleshoot more specifically. I am sorry you are having trouble with your junipers.

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