The Q&A Archives: Juniper is dying, Can it be saved?

Question: Hello,
I have a Juniper that has been in the spot it is in for 30 years,this year it has developed brown brances with dry needles, slmot from the inside of the shrub out. There are spots that look very healthy, but closer inspection reveals the dry brown beancehs with needle that fall off with a touch,
Is there anything I can do to save it, it is so fragrant and has been here so long.

Elaine Knapp

Answer: It's really difficult to diagnose a plant problem without seeing it, but my experience with junipers leads me to believe that old age, combined with root rot has overtaken your plant. Before you do anything drastic, though, I'd highly recommend you snip off some of the affected plant parts, place them in a plastic baggie and take them to your local cooperative extension office. With the aid of a microscope they can either confirm or eliminate diseases such as root rot. Helpful folks there can also make suggestions as to what you can do for your juniper.

WSU Snohomish County Cooperative Extension office is located in McCollum Park at
600 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98208.

Best wishes with your juniper!

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