what's wrong with this plant

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ant, Oct 7, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    total of 6" of rain all summer.
    i blamed it on the drought.

  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Did you plant it? I don't see much problem under it from the picture (grass is green around it). Lack of water, improper planting, too much salt from over the winter. Just some thoughts.......
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Looks really close to the house. Roots can be under walkway. A combination of these plus the heat would be my guess. Is the other one showing anything??
  4. soccer coach

    soccer coach LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 104

    What wrong with it? It's dead:D . Sorry I couldn't resist. Does it have bag worm sacks on it? I would guess that to be the problem or mites. Drought was not the problem. We sell a preventative application of hortacultural oil to eliminate or at least reduce bag worms. ;)
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Man, that's tough to say without knowing more about it.

    Was it planted recently (e.g. within the last year) or has it been there for several years? It looks like it's been there for a while. So for it to just die all of a sudden would be curious.

    If it were just planted, it could be it just didn't take for whatever reason. It may not have been watered enough. May not have prepared the soil well enough. Not enough fertilizer. No fertilizer. Root ball was broken when installing it.

    If it has been there are while and suddenly died like this, that's even harder to diagnose. Could be insects or disease. Would have been nicer to see a picture of it AS it was dying to help determine that. But if it was there for years and was fairly established, I doubt drought would just kill it and not effect the other tree at all. That doesn't make sense.

    Often, it doesn't matter why it died. When people ask me and I am not sure why their tree or plant died. I just tell them, "Well, it could be a lot of things. It's hard to say this late in the game. We'd have to take it to a horticulture specialist at a nursery and even then they may not be able to tell. But it's definitely no good as it is. And we warranty all of the plants we install. Would you like me to replace it for you?"
  6. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    The two plants look different... the live bush looks like a taxus, maybe capitata. Single trunk, little wider. The dead bush looks like arborvitae - multi trunked and more upright. Could be mites... can't tell really.
  7. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    It's next to the front door - dog(s) perhaps?
  8. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    My guess would be mites, but really hard to tell without more info and a closer picture.
  9. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    I am with you guys. I would say it is mites. If it is a water problem they usually brown form the inside out. Is it an Arb???
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Duh - This is an easy one. I see from the date on the picture that it was taken on Jan 1. It's just got a hangover from New Year Eve. You know how we tend to feel a little green, well plants feel a little brown. Just pour some coffee grounds around it and it should be fine.:D

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