The Q&A Archives: Arborvitae turning yellow-brown

Question: I just planted some arborvitae (little giant)and they are starting to turn yellow/brown. Is it shock? What can I do to help them survive?

Answer: If you've just planted your arborvitaes, I'd guess it is transplant shock and as soon as the roots become established they should perk right up. Arborvitaes need fast draining soil and a deep soaking once a week (twice if your soil drains really well and the weather is hot). Water your plants well and then wait 3-4 days to check the soil moisture. Dig down several inches to see how moist the soil is near the roots. If the soil is moist 1 1/2- 2" below the soil surface, you won't need to water for a few more days. If it is dry, it's time to water. In time your plants will adjust and recover. Until then, water as above. Best wishes with your new plants.

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