I planted several large (8-10 ft. ) evergreen trees this June. They were being watered via drip hose around the base of the trees on a consistent basis. Even so, due to record heat, many of them turned brown and lost all their needles. How can I tell if they are completely dead or if they have a chance to come back?
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You can sometimes gently scrape the bark and if you see green underneath, it is still alive. If it's brittle and brown, then it's dead. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/what-does-a-dying-tree-look-like-signs-that-a-tree-is-dying.htm