Moved to a new home but the plants don't look right. Are these two conifers dying? Should I dig them out or they still can be saved?
The first one looks beyond saving, but the second looks OK. Does it need a trim? If it does, don't go back into brown wood as it won't recover - leave a layer of green everywhere.
Is it a correct season do the trim?
They're usually done in late summer to avoid birds' nests, so July-August.
Has the gravel been laid recently?
It looks like limestone chippings and this might have altered the pH of the soil, causing the conifers to react like this.
The gravel is also did by the previous owner. At least 5 or 6 years old, I think.
How can I make the soil quality get better?
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the reply.The far side of the plant is patchy - bits of pale green (as shown on the left edge of the plant in the photo) and bits of dead-looking brown. The pale green bits are new growth leaves. This is south facing so gets a lot of sunshine. The near side of the plant is brown and looks dead. This is north facing and also close to the larger tree so gets little or no direct sunshine.
Thanks you so much. I see what I can find more information about this free plant which is coming with my new house. Otherwise, I have to dig it out.
Thanks for all the suggestions and information.
The big tree is fine but the little may live but will always be ugly so best to dig it up. All that weed free gravel and a scorched tree may mean weedkiller damage, that will be one for you to watch in the future.