The Q&A Archives: Spirea dying

Question: I have 6 Magic Carpet Spirea bushes in the front (south facing) side of my house that I planted 2 years ago. They looked beautiful until this week. Every single one has sections that are turning brown and dying. What could have caused this and should I cut out the brown sections and hope they don't totally die and fill out again?

Answer: Check the soil to make sure it is draining well. Saturated roots can suffocate and that can cause random branches to die back. I would prune the plants back to encourage healthy new growth and also remove all the affected branches. As long as the soil is not remaining soggy wet between waterings, your spirea should recover. Hope it's soon!

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