sun scorch on American arborvitae - Knowledgebase Question

murfreesboro, Te
Question by imtheboss30
May 6, 2008
How can you help American arborvitae recover from a dry hot summer? On one side the leaves are brown,I have been watering it about every two/three days. What else can I do?

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2008


With any luck at all, the plants will replace the scorched foliage. You can shear it off to encourage new growth. As for watering, one deep watering once a week is about all your arborvitae needs. Watering every 2-3 days might be excessive and could lead to root rot. Be sure to water deeply once a week during the growing season and once every 10-14 days during the winter months if rainfall is sparse. Arborvitae are relatively hardy plants so I think yours will recover.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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