New Growth On Recently Planted Hemlock Trees Has Turned Brown

Question From: M. Campanello - Elkhart, Indiana, United States
Q: We just finished planting four 6 foot hemlocks last week. Since planting, all the new growth on these trees has turned brown. We have continued to water with a very slow stream at the base of each tree. What is happening? Are they in shock from planting? Should we trim off the brown tips?

A: You may be overwatering and drowning the trees. Any chance anyone has been spraying fertilizer or herbicides in the area? Chemical drift could cause burning. You can shear off the dead needles, but I think I would wait a bit and see how things go. If you have to return them that might be an issue. Best Nancy