Question From: K. Jackson - Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
Q: We live near Greenville SC in zone 7, although it has been very hot this summer. My Arborvitae is turning brown in the center of the foliage. It is planted near a deck where it gets 6 hours of sun a day, is in good soil with mulch on top , and gets water from a sprinkler head every other day. I have recently found mushrooms growing in the area, but other plantings seem to be healthy. I have found no bugs or "bags" on the plant. Please tell me what I can try to save the plant.
As arbs mature the foliage in the center of the branches dies out from lack of sun. But healthy green growth should cover most of it. Take a photo or two an independent garden center or nursery that sells these plants for a second opinion or get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to www.tcia.org and enter your zipcode. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy