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Burlap is not the best underground. You may want to make sure they at least got rid of the twine around the trunk. Dig down to make sure. When...
A picture would help, but 2 weeks is quite quick. Check the moisture 3-4 inches down to see if its wet or dry. How were they planted?
If that is plastic, and it sure looks like it, that may be part of your woes.
Do nothing now but wait. By June you should know what has new growth and what has died.
So, are you naming the mutation Cupressus glabra 'Pee Wheeee'?
Here are three. A nootkatensis 'Green Arrow', a Tsuga canadensis 'Dawson' and Abies lasiocarpa 'Glauca' (looking more alba)
Who made the ID that the trouble was a fungus?
Any chance of pictures?
P. glauca needles smell like a skunk when crushed, hence one of it's common names is Skunk Spruce.
P. pungens needles are very sharp pointed. One...
My little guy bought as a one gallon in 2010.
South shore of Lake Erie, perhaps?
I keep swamp milkweed from year to year just for the monarchs. Divine creations, indeed.
Re: Will a geo-textile prevent my cedar hedge from growing through the chain link fen
Do not plant them against the fence, that is not sound...
If by "White Cedar" you mean Thuja occidentalis, ask them if they are selling a particular cultivar like 'Emerald Green' or 'Holmstrup' or...
If he knows the cultivar name, that would be in English in most cases.
Watering is the key. Not too much, but enough. Stick your index finger down to the second knuckle and if its dry or warm, water deeply and then...
I would cut nothing off at this time of year. Perhaps wait until May or so. Your best hope is what is in the buds and the further back you cut...
Old document from the Arnold Arboretum at the link.
I'd lean toward the acid wash but another question is was any herbicide put down to control weed on the river rock?
Unless there is a drought, you should be ok with rainfall in Illinois.
No chlorine (or worse yet chloramine), no fluoride and it's more acidic compared to city tap water. Good for most any plants.
I agree with saltcedar and say it's a bougainvillea. I'll leave it to those familiar with bougs in AZ as to what it should be doing. Mine will...