Hi All -
Forgive me if this is the wrong subforum for this. I have loved reading all of the great information here for a long time.
Homes Back Yard borders a rural road, say 1 car per minute.
There was a line of some kind of arborvitae planted there ~10 years prior. Tree health various from OK to long dead on the tree line, the two hollys seem ok. See photos starting at Main and going numerically 1-4. Roughly 30 trees along the 160ft property line.
Tree height is great on many of these trees , 20+ feet. Most of the death is at the bottom of the trees. I would hate to rip everything out and replant 6-8 ft trees. (Location NY, no one has any mature trees , remaining fall out from Hurricane Sandy).
Is there any hope for these trees, or any idea what has/is killing them?
If the tree has growth at the top but is dead cooked at the bottom is the tree alive?
A pool is going in the backyard within the coming year, so I am actually thinking of building a 6-8ft privacy fence in front of the tree line and leaving the trees. I Would then slowly cut out the dead trees and plant new trees ( different species I suspect). Any thoughts on this? In that regard the backyard viewer would only see the fence and then the tree tops ( still alive) as the fully dead trees are slowly removed and new trees are replanted.
What would you'll do? Ultimate Goal, total visibility blockage of road from backyard and 2nd floor of house. So 20+ft of blockage. Patience - limited.