Dying small pine trees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by raquelchon
July 20, 2010
My neighbor has planted 6 small pine trees as a border along his property. A couple of them keep drying up and dying. He replants in the same spots as before and those trees are drying up and dying. Why?

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2010
How disappointing! If the new trees are being watered deeply once or twice a week, the roots should establish within a few weeks - providing the soil drains well. If it doesn't, or if your neighbor waters too often, the roots can drown which will kill the trees. Wish I could diagnose the problem but without being able to check the planting site, it's really difficult to know what's going on with the trees. You might suggest your neighbor amend the soil with compost prior to planting new trees. Compost or other organic matter will loosen the soil and allow it to drain well. Hope this helps!

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