dead evergreens - Knowledgebase Question

Lynnewood Gardens, PA (Zone 6B)
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Question by lioron95
December 30, 2005
this spring I had some one plant two evergreen trees on my front lawn.
Intitally all was going well, then they just died. I gave them jobe fertilzer spike for proper nutrtion and plenty of h20.
I do get the mid day sun so in the summer it can get very hot, but at night I would water the lawn and trees to maintain moisture for the heat of the following day. I did this every 3 days.

will these trees come back to life and if not what type of tree can i replace it with.

I NEED HELP !!!!!!

Answer from NGA
December 30, 2005
Based on your description I am not certain what happened to your trees. Probably the most common reason for loss is that they are either underwatered or overwatered. When you have a newly planted tree, the soil needs to be kept evenly moist like a wrung out sponge. It should not be sopping wet/saturated nor bone dry. If the trees were well watered at planting time and then mulched, watering would not be needed so often as every three days. There is no set schedule for watering. Instead, you would dig down and feel the soil with your finger and water when it began to feel dry. Watering should be done slowly and thoroughly so it can soak down into the soil and encourage deep rooting. (It is better to provide a deep soaking less often than to water lightly at short intervals.) After watering, wait a few hours and then dig down to see how far the water actually went. Sometimes it can be surprising.

There are many reasons a new tree might fail to thrive, however, including poor planting technique or planting a tree that is poorly suited to the growing conditions where it is placed. Another possible cause is a pest or disease problem, or even overfertilizing which can burn tender new roots.

I would suggest you consult with the retailer where you purchased the tree and also the installer, to see if the trees are truly dead, if there is any warranty that might apply, and to determine more precisely what happened to them.

I'm sorry you are having trouble with your trees.

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