Pinus Sylvestris topiary
I planted a containerised scots pine topiary tree 4 weeks ago to replace the dead one that I planted in spring last year. I assumed that I had overwatered the first. You are always told to keep plants well watered in the first year but given the surrounding soil is a little clay- like perhaps it drowned! The pine needles gradually died from the base of the tree upwards. Now the same appears to have started to the replacement. This one I have hardly watered at all due to all the rain we have had. The top 6" of soil is slightly moist. Experts suggest that these trees can survive dought conditions but do I water, feed, leave and cross my fingers?. These plants are very expensive and I really do not want to kill off another. Can anyone help?