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Q.Lemon Fir Trees

Zone County Durham | Anonymous added on May 8, 2021 | Answered

Hi, I have a row of Lemon Cypress trees that I trim to form a border. However, the trees are currently trimmed to about 5ft but they are all brown & apparently dead in the middle (see pic), although nice and green on the outer. I’m not sure if I should continue to trim the trees or to just chop them down. I have a skip at the moment, so now would be a good time if it would be best to just get rid of them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much Sandra

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Answered on May 10, 2021

The whole photo didn't come through, but it's possible your trees have contracted a fungal disease, which can happen if there's high humidity or if there isn't enough air circulating through the trees. It could also be subject to root rot if there's been too much water. I would try trimming out the dead parts and removing any debris around them before you give up on them.

Try doing a scratch test to determine whether they're alive:
If it can be saved, a local gardening center can advise you on different treatments.

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