The Q&A Archives: Problems with evergreens

Question: I planted new evergreens in front of my house last year. I planted two Dwarf Alberta spruces and two tall blue junipers. The plants on the left side of the border were doing all right, I watered every day, but by the end of summer they were totally drying up. By now the blue juniper has mostly turned yellow, and the Spruce has dried up on one side and lost a lot of its needles. However, the same plants on the opposite side of the border are doing fine. Nothing I plant in the left corner seems to grow, they eventually turn a dull yellow, lose their leaves, and dry up. Why is this happening? I watered well in the summer, but got the same results. Any suggestions on what to plant?

Answer: Naveed,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

The symptoms you describe are most likely a soil moisture problem. It could be that the soil in that spot dries out faster or that it tends to hold water longer and therefore stays soggy which is very damaging to roots. If the areas don't receive the same amount of sunlight this could be contributing to the "too much" or "too little" soil moisture problem. You might want to try contacting your County Extension Office to see if they can provide additional guidance on this problem.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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