Evergreen turning brown - Knowledgebase Question

Kansas City, MO
Question by tmgkcmo
May 24, 1998
We have small landscape evergreens in our front yard, and one of the three plants, in one area, turns brown and the branchs die from time to time. We can prune them out, but after a month or so, another branch will start to turn brown ?

Any help sorting out whats going on would be appreciated.

These are short evergreens, with short wide needles, as opposed to a christmas type tree ... almost shrubs


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Answer from NGA
May 24, 1998

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There are many possible roots to the symptoms you describe. When you take a close look at the shrub, are there any scars, growths or cankers on the main trunk? Is where this shrub grows very different than that where the other shrubs grow? Are there any spots, scales or webbing on the needles and branches? If you can't find any obvious signs of
problems after looking the shrub over, there may be a leaking water or gas line under the shrub, or perhaps the roots are confined to the planting hole because of a great variation in the soil it grew in while potted and the soil it's in now. If none of these are evident or likely, give your extension service office (ph# 816/252-5051) a call - they have a plant pathology lab that can help you from there. Good luck!

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