Arborvitae Completely Brown

Question From: M. Dressler - MISSOURI
Q: We are in MO and have been ravaged w/ drought this year. Our arborvitae is completely brown and may be dead, However, I'm an optimist. Our tree is approx 12 ft tall - 4ft in diam and 9yrs (give or take). I want to prune it down and let nature take it's course next spring. How far down and around would you suggest I prune and at what angle? Thanks!!


M, your arb is probably dead and if it does recover it will never come back to it's original beauty. Do it and yourself a favor and dig it out now. Best Nancy