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Anonymous added on March 16, 2014 | Answered

In September a landscaper planted 5 arborvitaes. They were about 6-7 feet tall. We watered them regularly. They really looked great. Early spring we had some wind and ice. A couple of the trees took quite a beating. I talked to the landscaper and he suggested I tie them to support them. That seemed to work to bring them more back together. They had lots of seeds on them. Looked nice and green. And then the seeded areas just turned brown. They look horrible. Although it is only mid-March, they look like they came through the winter pretty good…so far. However, they still do not look as healthy as when they were planted. Based on what I have told you, any suggestions?

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Answered on March 16, 2014

The browning does sometimes occur where it produces seeds, but it sounds like you are getting a lot of seeds on the plants, so it makes them look rather bad. They typically seed more when they are stressed. I would give them some fertilizer and keep them watered for the spring. The extra seeds may have been a result of the bad winter they experienced. Give them this year to get back into shape and give them extra TLC to help them do that.

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