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Blue Atlas browning needles

Posted by Yummycarp none (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 15, 12 at 18:39

My 18 foot blue atlas cedar is getting more and more brown needles. I think it is slowly dying like one I had die 3 years ago. I don't see any bugs on it. I did see evidence of bug holes so i took a knife to investigate but did not find any eggs or bug evidence other than the holes. The trunk has a strange split at the bottom but it looks old and not new. I have included some pictures and am asking for advice on what to do. I gave it water and some some Bayer feed and bug pellets.

http://leross.com/tree-1.jpg
http://leross.com/tree-2.jpg
http://leross.com/tree-3.jpg


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RE: Blue Atlas browning needles

where are you??? what zone ...

oops.. welcome to GW and the conifer forum ...

how big was this 18 footer 3 years ago when you planted it ...

and if you pull back the mulch.. can you see the root/trunk interface???

ken


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RE: Blue Atlas browning needles

I'm in Zone 7b, Alpharetta GA.

I added 5 more pictures.
http://leross.com/tree-4.jpg
http://leross.com/tree-5.jpg
http://leross.com/tree-6.jpg
http://leross.com/tree-7.jpg
http://leross.com/tree-8.jpg

It was planted about 5 years ago and growing about 12" a year. It is located on a slight slope so no sitting water. The soil is somewhat sandy around the trunk. I have 2 drip nozzles about 6" from the trunk. Both are 2gal drip nozzles. I haven't started a regular watering schedule yet but so far I have run it about once per week for 2 weeks. We have not much rain this spring yet.

Maybe it's normal for the needles to turn brown but I don't recall seeing it before. I have a few smaller blue atlas and they look much healthier with many new sprouts.

thanks.


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RE: Blue Atlas browning needles

Cedar will sometimes draw the life out of its old needles in order to have more energy for sprouting new growth in early Spring.

Good luck!


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RE: Blue Atlas browning needles

Image #2 shows entering the ground like a telephone pole -- planted too deep

Image #6 shows a bulge at the left. It's a good bet a girdling root is just beneath the bulge.

Here is a link that might be useful: underground bulge at left - girdling root below?


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