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Help with dying evergreen.

Posted by Smotridge , Aug 17,2005,21:18       Forum

Not sure what type of evergreen it is. It looks sort of like a douglas fur and is around 20 feet tall. We've had 2 of them in front of our house for almost 40 years, and the other one is still thriving. Roughly half of the needles on the dying tree are brown and the overall thickness is around half that of the healthy one. It has been on a decline for a few years now, but the drought we're experiencing in Chicago is really doing a number on it. We water is thoroughly every day, but we are wondering if we should strip the dead needles or leave them be. Would stripping them stimulate new growth or can they "come back" and turn green again? Obviously I am not very knowedlge about horticulture, but I am doing my best to learn.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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