The Q&A Archives: TEDDY ARBORVITAE turning brown

Question: I purchased 20 TEDDY ARBORVITAE in the spring of 2004. The shrubs all survived the winter- but 2 on the end of the hedge row nearest the house had a lot of dead branches(3rd not as bad). We decided to replace these 2 this spring. The hole was enlarged to over a foot all around and a mixture of good quality topsoil, peat moss and cow manure was added. We fertilized with MIRACLE-GRO for RHODODENDREN. After a month these 2 new teddies started to show browning stages in the top center. We trimmed the brown off and the plant looked great for a couple days until they browned again. We called the nursery and talked to Ron at Green Acres who had previously talked to Monrovia with the same problem. His suggestions were: Water during the day and at the base-Use DACONIL fungicide- use rhododendren/evergreen fertilizer every other week. We decided to use their replacement guarantee 2 weeks ago and replanted 2 different teddies. Green Acres said a rep from your company would be around to look at the 2 plants we turned in. This morning I see the 2 new teddies have the same brown spot in the center top. Only the top 1/4 inch is brown. I have pictures to email if you can give me a name and email address. I am hoping someone can give me some advice so that I can save these 2 teddies. My other 15 teddies are doing nicely. Thanks Len


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