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May 12, 2020 6:18 PM CST
South Jersey (Zone 6b)
Recently planted a few Juniper bushes (don't remember the variety), and this week I noticed some yellowing along the tips. Here in South Jersey we've been getting some weekly rainfall so I haven't been directly watering the plants. I was just curious, is this new growth that simply turns yellow before aging or is this a sign of a problem. The bush was planted high in relatively clay soil to help with the drainage.

PS I haven't mulched yet, so sorry about that.
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May 12, 2020 8:06 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

My only tip was don't overwater. Oops! Too much rain and clay soil...

I hope someome else has some suggestions.
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May 13, 2020 11:44 AM CST
South Jersey (Zone 6b)
Thank you! And yes unfortunately the soil here is heavy in clay, but I know Junipers can be resilient since I have mature shrubs in other spots around the home.
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May 13, 2020 3:31 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Are the other junipers a different variety? Are there areas in your yard with less clay?
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May 15, 2020 8:34 PM CST
South Jersey (Zone 6b)
Sorry for the late reply, the other Junipers are trees. As for the soil around the home, give it or take its mostly the same with varying amounts of clay
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May 15, 2020 11:25 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
I dont think you need to be careful about overwatering. A full sized bush without establihed roots outside in late spring... thats the only time youre supposed to water relatively aggressively.

You will lose some branches anytime you move a shrub, but if its in ground, outside, drainage is nearly limitless. Juniper are just not that picky. The soil around their rootball is what you need to worry about with a transplant,
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May 16, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Junipers will tolerate a neutral to slightly alkaline soil, but they are acid-loving plants that grow and look their best in an acid to neutral soil ranging from 5.5 to 7.0 on the pH scale. If you have anything above a 7 pH you will get slow growth and tip yellowing. A symptom of too alkaline soil, is iron lock out, that will show up first on the new growing shoots. Iron is not soluble unless you have a lower pH, and it won't help to use iron additives to soil to fix.
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May 16, 2020 12:19 PM CST
South Jersey (Zone 6b)
Interesting. Thanks for the reply. Ill check the soil pH. Would an acidifer help?
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