Dead arborvitae

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  1. Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
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    DB5C9809-8F4E-41B6-BD79-EAA51107C89A.jpeg this pic is not great, but you get the idea. Two arborvitae flank this office building. Both 8’ tall and fat. One is dead. I’m not sure if it was a gradual death or whether it was a sudden collapse. The area is irrigated.

    My thought is to replace both trees instead of just one. I think they would always look off kilter if I just replace the dead one. What do you think? I also wonder if they should be replaced by something else. I’d like your thoughts on that as well.
     
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm assuming the Arb in the background is the dead one, can't tell from the photo. But, yes it would be best to replace both of them for a balanced look. Do you know what killed the dead one?
     
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    Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
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    It is the back one that is dead. I don’t know what killed it. I need to ask the owner about the details of its demise. I do know that he has not turned the sprinkler system on yet this year.
     
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lots of well established arbs dying around here the last few years. Seems to be no rhyme or reason.
     
  5. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Senior Member
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    Did It die from top to bottom or bottom to top. Also Mark, Fletcher scale has been on the rise the past few years, doa stops by frequently with updates.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is it required to be tagged?
     
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  7. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Senior Member
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    Love it
     
  8. m_ice

    m_ice LawnSite Member
    from IL
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    Here it's the Emerald Greens...we only plant Nigra, Techny, and Green Giant with good results.
    I think it's because we are in a transitional zone for Arbs especially the Emeralds.
     
  9. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Fanatic
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    Most drown around here. They like it dry. The irrigation system may have been the source.
     
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