The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Shrubs Failing

Question: By year old evergreen shrubs have some brown spots. What can I do?

Answer: You didn't name the shrubs so I'm not sure I can identify the problem - some shrubs are prone to specific problems and others are not. I can offer the following general information - since your evergreens were only recently planted, it's possible they are going through some transplant stress. Foliage can turn brown while the roots are becoming established, and sometime it doesn't show up until the following season. Some evergreens (broadleaf, mainly) will replace the lost leaves; conifer types may not replace the lost needles. Be sure your evergreens are receiving the right sun exposure, are planted at the same level as they were growing in the nursery containers, that they are planted in well draining soil, and that you are watering deeply once each week to help the root systems become established. If the brown spots are new the bottom of the plant, it might even be dog urine problems. Hope this information helps!

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