Tree Branches Brown on One Side - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by 1375
May 7, 2001
On two different shrubs in my yard, the bottom banches on one side appear to be dead. (The damaged portions are adjacent.) The rest of the shrubs look fine. I can't find any pest. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2001
Usually a distinct limited pattern such as that has a specific cause. You need to be a detective. Examine the tree carefully to see if there is mechanical damage to the branches (did a tall vehicle bump them?) or to the roots (was there root damage by digging on that side?) or was there possibly accidental herbicide damage, e.g. from a lawn "weed and feed" product being spread in a cyclone spreader? If the branches don't leaf out again, prune them off.

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