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By Karen68

Herefordshire, United Kingdom Gb


We have 9 conifers in our garden, which act as a "fence" between us and our neighbours. The trees were well established when we moved in 12 years ago and we've just trimmed and kept them tidy. The 2 trees nearest the house have started dying off - there are brown patches and we can almost see through to next door in places. Is there anything we can do to bring the trees back to their former glory, or is it downhill for those two trees now?




What you describe sounds like windburn, and that can't be repaired. Maybe the whole of the tree won't be damaged but I think the best way forward, at least for the time being, would be to plant a climber that can grow up through the trees and cover the bare patches.

6 Jun, 2010


9 conifers but you don't say what type. Are they all the same or different species?
Depending on the species, they may recover after a few years if you remove the brown/dead patches. As Silverbelle says it may be windburn or it could be due to a lack of water.

6 Jun, 2010


Thank you both. I too thought about putting a climber by the trees in the hope it would grow up through the brown patches. I like the idea of a Clematis Montana as I love the pretty white flowers. Would that be OK by the trees. I'm really a gardening novice so all your tips and advice are welcome. I have no idea what type of species the trees are - they look like bog standard conifers to me (like I say, I'm a novice :-)

8 Jun, 2010

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