Is my evergreen dying?

My evergreen (not sure what type) is turning brown in parts - should I be worried or is this normal?

Is there anything I can do to help it get it's colour back?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,473

    It's a fir tree of some kind.  Unfortunately, the brown sections are dead and won't regrow fresh green growth.  If you follow the brown down and find there are green shoots below, cut the brown section off just above where the healthy growth is.  If you're very, very, lucky the green shoots may grow and cover the bare parts you have now revealed.  However, in the vast majority of cases, the tree will continue to die back, so seriously consider removing it and seeing this as an opportunity to plant something else.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Can't add anything to the good advice from Bob.

  • Kelly GKelly G Posts: 9
    Thanks for all the advice. I thought this would be the case. One of the firs at my parents did the same thing a few years back. They aren't really gardeners so just left it and it eventually just died but just wanted to check if there was anything I could do to salvage my own! Once cut down to a stump, which looks to be a fairly easy task as it is not very wide, will it be fairly easy to dig out?



    Already started thinking about the space I will have and I am torn between planting something new or building some corner seating in its place... Decisions, decisions! It is a fairly small but sunny garden which already holds two other trees and lots of bamboo so if you have any other ideas, suggestions are always welcome



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  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    that's how mine are,dying  I think from a virus of sorts as my lilac did.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,473

    If I had a similar space, I'd probably go for one of those narrow, tall flowering cherries called Prunus Amanogawa.  Always wanted one! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Suze4Suze4 Posts: 4

    I have heard that this problem is caused by a small white fly ( from South Africa ) how true this is I don't know, but they are eating my Lleyandii hedge at a rate of knots - I have tried spraying with an insecticide but to no avail - this disease ? seems to be attacking all sorts of conifers, when you are out and about look at the hedging  -- everyone seems to be blighted by this

  • Kelly GKelly G Posts: 9
    Well I have to say Verdun, after that description I am not really looking forward to the job but the rewards after will be good enough for me!



    Suze, I will keep a look out - I have conifers in the front garden which thankfully remain untouched for now...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,613

    Kelly, it's usual on here to have doughnuts after doing something strenuous like that - it's amazing how it helps 

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    but you have to be quick or Verdun will eat them all image

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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