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Questions About Junipers

Asked by
trustsbr on
April 28, 2015
Lower Sierras, hot in summer some snow.

Q. juniper bush died

One of our 30 plus juniper bushes died. Why? It was the largest bush we have and, like many others, was planted on a hill sometime in the 90’s.

Answered by
shelley on
April 28, 2015
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Can you describe what is happening to your juniper bush? The more details I have, the better I can assist you.

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Answered by
trustsbr@aol.com on
April 29, 2015
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Thank you. The bush changed color to brownish and yellowish. All of the others are deep green. At the end of winter, there was some growth on the tips but then it started changing color and appears dead. Should we remove it? Could it be a condition that spreads to others? We are having more spiders this year, possibly due to the draught. Any input will be greatly appreciated.

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Asked by
coralreefcondos on
May 27, 2015
Panama City BEach, Florida

Q. Do rats like to nest in Juniper plants?

We have Juniper planted around our pool and condo. People have told us they have seen rats. We have also been told that rats hide out in juniper. Is this correct?

Answered by
shelley on
May 27, 2015
Certified Expert
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It is possible that they are woodrats - woodrats like to munch on juniper berries.

Source: http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/woodrats2013.html

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Asked by
Ehall0066 on
June 12, 2015
Kentucky

Q. juniper shrubs are turning brown

My juniper shrubs have done amazing for the past year; however, this year they are turning brown and trying to die. Ground was tilled well before planting and watered during drought. What’s wrong?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 13, 2015
Certified Expert
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This may be winter burn from the very cold winter suffered across the United States this past winter.
Here is a couple of articles with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/winter-burn-in-evergreens.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/juniper/growing-creeping-junipers.htm

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Asked by
csteinhoff1 on
June 27, 2015
Grand Blanc, Michigan

Q. What is the normal or average life span of Junipers

Behind our condo there is a row of mature Junipers some may be 6-7 feet tall. They were planted in a tight row to form a barrier to a busy 4 lane road. The one directly behind our condo is about 100 feet from the road. Many are developing brown or dead areas. Is there a way to analyze what is wrong and any possible treatments? They were planted approx in the mid 1980’S. Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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Well cared for Juniper Trees can live 20 years.

Your trees may be nearing the end of their lifespan.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/juniper/growing-juniper-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 2, 2015

Q. Soil

I have what appears to be salt in the soil. I tested the pH level and it’s way over 7-8. The lawn and juniper trees are dying. The color of the soil is white and looks like salt and doesn’t dissolve. Please help!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 3, 2015
Certified Expert
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This article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/reversing-soil-salinity.htm

If the pH is at 7, it is considered neutral, but anything over this is considered alkaline. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/alkaline-soil-plants.htm

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Asked by
amybpage on
July 18, 2015
4, northern NH

Q. What is wrong with my juniper bushes?

I have had these juniper bushes for a few years. This year many of the limbs are turning brown and look dead. I thought it was a lack of water, so started watering them more frequently, but it has had no effect. It seems to be getting worse. Anyone have any ideas?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 20, 2015
Certified Expert
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This can be a fungus. Cut the brown area away from the plant and even remove the mulch that was around the plant.
Dispose of this material.
Treat the Juniper with Neem Oil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/juniper/growing-creeping-junipers.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
k4drew on
July 20, 2015
Wisconsin

Q. browning of the tips of a juniper bush

Does browning of the tips of a juniper bush mean that the plant is not doing well? Is there is some significance to the browning of a juniper at the tips?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 21, 2015
Certified Expert
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This is likely a fungus issue.
Follow the care and treatment as indicated.

Here is a link with more information.

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/shrubs/hgic2056.html
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/juniper/care-of-junipers.htm

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