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holly bush with dead branches

I have two holly bushes within 3 feet from each other. One is doing wonderful and the other one is thin and has a lot of dead branches.   The first one is full and beautiful and healthy. What is the difference? Can I prune the dead branches?

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#1 Comment By Heather On 04/08/2012 @ 4:56 pm

The second one that is not doing well may have a fungus or pests (or both). You can remove the dead branches, but I would treat the plant with a pesticide and a fungicide to treat both possibilities. I personally like neem oil as it is both a pesticide and a fungicide and is organic.

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