The Q&A Archives: My Arbovitea are losing their pants

Question: We have arbovitea that act as a natural hedge between our house and the neighbors. The plants themselves are approx. 18 ft tall and about 15 years old. In the last couple of years the foliage from the bottom up has been lost and does not regrow. Anything I can do or is this an aging thing? THANKS

Answer: Bare legs on mature arborvitae is normal and there's not much you can do to encourage new growth at the bottom. Wish I had a solution. However, you can plant some small evergreens or even a tall groundcover beneath your arborvitaes to disguise the bare legs. Best wishes with your landscape!

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