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Old 06-28-2014, 08:17 PM
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Spiral cut juniper turning brown...

I planted 2 spiral cut junipers in April on both sides of my garage and 1 is turning brown on me. The one turning brown gets more sun being the sun sets on that side of the house and it catches those evening rays... They both get 30 minutes every other day from the drip irrigation from the sprinkler system and residual spray from the rotors. I have started soaking the tree every day because someone I trust said it was transplant shock and it needed more water. Is there anything I can do to get this tree back nice and green again? I have photos of both trees.

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Old 06-28-2014, 08:40 PM
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If they both get good irrigation--soil moisture should be OK. Of course there is a difference in sun exposure.
But don't guess--dig down and check the root zone for any signs of dryness or excess moisture or poor drainage.
It looks to me like the older growth is browning out while the new growth is still nice and green at the tips of the branches.

There is still the possibility that some chemical got into the soil. Several possibilities: salt, antifreeze, Preen or a similar weed prevention product.
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:41 PM
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Have you checked for spider mites?
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:09 PM
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I like the possibility of something got in the soil. Is there anything I can do to rectify that.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:28 PM
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Have you checked for spider mites?
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This time of year that's my first suspect too.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:44 AM
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This time of year that's my first suspect too.
I may have spilled some weed prevention product 15 ft from where it's planted... What can I do for that? What product can I buy for spider mites?
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:09 AM
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I may have spilled some weed prevention product 15 ft from where it's planted... What can I do for that? What product can I buy for spider mites?
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I do not think that your weed prevention product would have any baring on the appearance. You need a plane sheet of paper and Two or Three sample cutting of the living material. Lightly tap the cuttings against the paper and look for the spider mites on the paper. Google spider mites for a visual of what your looking for. If you have spider mites present and your licensed to apply pest control for said insects go ahead and treat. If not hirer a licensed PCO and get the problem solved. You may also have an issue with the soil Ph due to building material contamination. That is another issue all together. Good Hunting.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:19 AM
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Just took another look at the pictures. That juniper is really to big of a piece of plant material for such a small area. You may want to reconsider moving this plant to a larger area. If you have fungus problem relocating the material or reducing the amount of water will help.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:56 AM
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Just took another look at the pictures. That juniper is really to big of a piece of plant material for such a small area. You may want to reconsider moving this plant to a larger area. If you have fungus problem relocating the material or reducing the amount of water will help.
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That's not the unhealthy tree... The unhealthy tree had plenty of room.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:00 PM
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I do not think that your weed prevention product would have any baring on the appearance. You need a plane sheet of paper and Two or Three sample cutting of the living material. Lightly tap the cuttings against the paper and look for the spider mites on the paper. Google spider mites for a visual of what your looking for. If you have spider mites present and your licensed to apply pest control for said insects go ahead and treat. If not hirer a licensed PCO and get the problem solved. You may also have an issue with the soil Ph due to building material contamination. That is another issue all together. Good Hunting.
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No spider mites
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