Holstrum arborvitae

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Big Bad Bob, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 1,074

    I planted 6 Holstrum Arborvitae, 3 foot, and 3 Little Giant Globe Arborvitae, about 45 days ago, for a customer. They were in very good shape when I planted them. The customer, she is a mowing customer, took me over to them today. On the surface they appear to be doing very well. She opened them up and the whole inside of the plants are brown with branches falling off on touch.
    The soil was very clay but we amended it to 50% bagged compost.
    Any ideas as to what may cause this? I've seen minimal temporary die back before but nothing like this. We have had a reasonable amount of rain and the customers root water them once a week.
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,226

    arborcitae are brown inside. the ol' "if you do use it loose it" if your not seeing damage on the outside all is well. make sure you didn't bury them too deep and have no dirt on top of what came in the container/root ball.

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