Hedges: Cedar hedge

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  1. Bettyjean

    Bettyjean New Member

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    would someone please offer suggestions to help us save our hedge, we live in Parksville, Vancouver island. The hedge us about 8 years old, it is turning brown, we face south. wondering if this is due to last years drought. The browning started about 1 month ago and is rapidly spreading , we have applied new soil at the base of each shrub and watered daily, any advise would be greatly appreciated.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    They're Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), not Cedar (Cedrus). Unfortunately, the brown ones are dead, or so nearly dead as that they won't ever be densely foliaged again (at best, a few branches surviving, giving an open crown when the dead foliage eventually drops off). A bad drought could certainly cause this. Not a lot you can do other than remove and replace - sorry it's not better news!
     
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    Thank you for your information, yes, bad news . Would you recommend replacing with the same or replacing all with something a little tougher , I am new to gardening and really appreciate wisdom.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Might be as well to look for something more heat and drought tolerant, given the way the climate is going!
     

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