The Q&A Archives: Dying Redwood

Question: My redwood tree looks like it is dying. It has lots of brown leaves and they are falling. We moved the tree 2 months ago. There is grass and so there's lots of water. What to do?

Answer: The important question is whether or not there is any new growth on your redwood tree. If so, the browning, falling foliage might be related to transplant shock. If there is no new growth, it indicates root stress; perhaps lost roots during the move, or too much water in a poorly draining site. It might be worth digging the tree up and inspecting the roots for disease. While you've got it out of the ground, make sure the planting site is draining well and not holding too much water for too long a time. Also, when you replant it, make sure it is planted at the same soil level as it was planted before you moved it. If you plant it too deeply, the roots can suffocate. Hope this information helps you save your tree!

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