help ^ :(
I have two volunteer Brazilian Pepper trees. One is healthy and about 12 feet tall. One is dead or dying and about 5 1/2 feet tall. Both are about 5 years old. I live near Lookout Mtn at 7th St and T-Bird and to dig a hole I need a miner's cap/light - its like mining through the cement-like earth crust - caliche. I have deep watered each tree over the years about once a month. Trimmed and trained and babied each one. Tonight I looked outside and the short one is dying... about a month ago it lost the upper leaves but I thought it was from a blast of hot wind... the other tree is fine (knock wood). I was going to put a drip on the dead looking one but decided it was a waste of water. I'll probably uproot it, add new soil and plant a native shrub. Any thoughts on why this could have happened or is it just Mother Nature claiming her own?