boulevard cypress - Knowledgebase Question

hoffman estates, Il
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Question by lagoers
July 3, 2010
In April we planted a boulevard cypress pom. I shaped it into balls and now in July, there is brown among new growth. What did I do wrong to cause the brown, and what should I do now?

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2010
I don't think you did anything wrong. To keep the balls thick and green you need to trim them. This will also force new growth towards the interior of the balls. If there is browning foliage, it's just the older foliage that's being shed. You can pick it out or cut it off by reaching into each of the balls. New growth will emerge and fill in the gaps. The key is to prune it back lightly each spring to keep new growth emerging. Enjoy your garden!

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