Why are my evergreen bushes seemingly dead in the middle? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by rb6banjo
September 4, 2017
I have some evergreen bushes that are seemingly dead in the middle. Is there anything that can be done to revive them? They are mature and I like them. I don't want to start over with a small shrub if at all possible. Anyone know of a treatment that will revive them?
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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
Answer from Leftwood
September 5, 2017


The only thing that will encourage more grow in the bare areas is more light. Trim away all the crispy dry, dead twigs. On the top, it is likely that all the dead belongs to one branch, if you follow the twigs down into the shrub. If this is the case, then remove that whole branch.

Extra fertilizer will accelerate the normally slow process of regrowth in those areas, but will also make the entire shrub grow bigger faster. I'm not sure you want to do that in such a confined area. It is too late in the season for fertilizing your evergreen yew if it were growing in the Minnesota where I am. That might still be the recommendation for Missouri, too. I don't know. Fertilizing in spring is good no matter where you live.

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