The Q&A Archives: why are my spiral evergreens browning

Question: why are my spiral evergreens brown in color i planted them last year are they dying

Answer: What you describe is the normal growth habit for juniper so you can't stop it completely, but you can minimize the browning. Most juniper growth is at the tips of the branches. By pinching and pruning regularly you'll keep the tips growing and will also force growth from latent buds farther down on the stems. The trick is to prune small bits off by pinching the leader off of each twig during the spring growth spurt. With regular pruning you'll keep your plant in a constant state of renewal, eliminating a lot of the brown.

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