Help with this Holly bush

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by Smith Lawn & Landscaping, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Customer asked me what was going on with their Holly and my first thought was black root rot but since it hasn't consumed the whole bush I believe its something different. This just happened over a week ago. 20191119_103153.jpg
     
  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Silver Member
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    Since it is dying from top to bottom, either root problem or something in the middle is stopping nutrients from getting to the top, like a kanker or disease.
     
  3. OP
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    Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you, appreciate the feedback.
     
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  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Fanatic
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    Probably toast. Got too wet or etc. Mulch super deep?
     
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  5. OP
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    Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    No not at all barely there, infact we are scheduled to mulch it next month.
     
  6. KUMA01

    KUMA01 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Planted to deep? Any clusters of holes on the main stalks? Possibly burned by trimming to aggressively in the heat of the summer and not had enough time to recover bc of the drought in va?
     
  7. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Time to throw a chain around it and smash the gas
     
  8. OP
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    Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Last time we trimmed it was early spring with no repercussions. This bush is well established long before we came into the picture. It was flourishing beautifully throughout and then this happened recently. Drought maybe an issue but sprinkler zone is just to the left of it so I'm assuming its getting adequate watering. No cluster holes on the main branches or trunk.
     
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  9. OP
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    Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Unfortunately I think your right.
     
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  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
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    It does look like it might be a little too deep. But being where there is no irrigation ... i'll bet that had a lot to do with it. A rotor zone isn't enough water. That plant is pretty much gone unless you have about 3 years and are willing to water and feed it the whole time. It might be chainsaw time.
     
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