Pests and Diseases forum: Evergreen bushes dying

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May 23, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Please help identify the problem. I don't even know what these evergreen bushes are called but one of them is almost completely brown and has lost most of its needles and the second one has started to have the same thing happen.

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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Jun 6, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Hi @Shield39
Your bushes appear to be dwarf pine of some kind. Pines normally drop some older needles, but not to the extent shown in your photos. If you cannot see any insect infestation, and you can rule out things like dog urine, driveway salt, and herbicide spray, the problem may lie below ground. When the pines were planted, if they were root-bound (roots coiling around inside the pot), they may now be unable to take up enough water and nutrients. The first one looks to be planted very close to other shrubs, so there would also be competition from their roots. The first pine may be a lost cause, but the second one may be salvageable. I suggest cutting off the affected branches and giving the bush a low dose of general-purpose garden fertilizer.

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