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West Midlands, Uk
Kalisti
Jun 10, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Please help.

I have a Pencil cypress that I planted early april. Noticed today it is turning brown, slightly and all over.

Things I google say its probably too much or too little water. Any ideas which it might be or how to tell? With the weather we have had recently - 5 days of heavy rain here and before that 7 days of no rain, so a bit confused.

I can't see any mites, could it be that? Could I have planted it wrong?

Thanks
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 10, 2020 11:11 AM CST
Have you dug down into the soil to check for wet/dry conditions? Can you see the top of the root ball? Did you put compost up against the trunk?
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West Midlands, Uk
Kalisti
Jun 10, 2020 1:06 PM CST
DaisyI said:Have you dug down into the soil to check for wet/dry conditions? Can you see the top of the root ball? Did you put compost up against the trunk?


Thanks. I just dug down. I was like soil and very small broken roots, a bit powdery, only very slightly moist.

I cleared away mulch bark from touching the the trunk.

I can't see the root ball - is that a good or bad thing?

Thanks.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 10, 2020 3:50 PM CST
The top of the root ball should be visible, like it was in the pot when you got it.
Compost against the trunk or if the tree is buried too deep, leads to root rot and death of the tree.

The soil should be damp so if it doesn't rain, check to make sure the roots are staying watered. Cypress are drought tolerant but, not in the first year. While it sets down roots and becomes established, it needs regular deep water. The water needs to reach below the root ball to draw the roots down. It looks like the tree is planted close to a wall. Is there an overhang keeping the rain from hitting the ground there?

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West Midlands, Uk
Kalisti
Jun 11, 2020 1:52 AM CST
Thanks

Thinking hatd about all you say, and yes Its very likely that nearby frnces and walls are sheltering from rain.

The soil seems very dense to me. I am wondering if its worth replanting it, shaking off what looks to be dried dead roots and replanting in a better mixture - more compost and grit probably? Making a more deep water friendly space for roots to grow down and out in?
Or will this do more damage than good? Really really want to save this tree.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 11, 2020 11:44 AM CST
Trees do better long term if planted in native soil without added compost or soil amendments. You may just have to get the hose out and water it really good. On a slow drip, it may take hours, but you will know when the soil is saturated because the water will start to puddle. I use a small sprinkler set just high enough to reach just outside the root ball but, as your tree is more narrow, a hose will do.

I'm not sure what the root bits are. Can you take a photo? Are they the roots off this tree?

I think what it needs mostly is regular water.
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