How can I bring my Arborvitae back to good health?
My Arborvitae has some brown branches on one side. What can I do to stop the spread and bring it back to health? It was transplanted last August and wrapped in burlap over the winter.
Liz Stanley, Horticulture Community Education Assistant
Some branch dieback is pretty common on arborvitae that are stressed from being recently planted or transplanted. Other stress factors include desiccation from winter wind, sudden swings in winter air temperatures, extreme changes in soil moisture, abrasion from ice, snow or plant wraps, shearing, overly dense branch structure, root damage from too much moisture, or too much salt (from roads, driveways or fertilizers).
Here are some things you can do to help the plant grow roots first, and eventually more top growth:
Here are two resources about woody plants:
One of the best things about Thuja occidentalis is how much wildlife they support. They’re a magnet for birds that like dense cover – cat birds, song sparrows, chickadees, cardinals and Carolina wrens to name a few.