WHY ARE MY EVERGREEN SHRUBS TURNING BROWN?

Dec 1, 2020 12:07 PM ET

iCrowdNewswire   Dec 1, 2020  7:07 AM ET

Evergreen Shrubs are known for their foliage that remains green throughout the year. Evergreen Shrubs are loved amongst florists and planters worldwide for their ability to maintain their beauty and vibrant colors all through the year. The vibrant green color is the major advantage of having an evergreen tree; the fact that when other plants are turning brown and dull, your Evergreen Shrubs remain green and fresh.

However, sometimes your evergreen might start to lose its luster. The Evergreen Shrubs might begin to look dull or even begin to turn brown. Well, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that your Evergreen Shrub is probably going through some problems, but the good news is that it is usually a perfectly solvable situation. Read here to learn more.

What Causes Evergreen Shrubs to Turn Brown?

There are a variety of reasons that your Evergreen Shrubs can start to turn brown and lose their luster. The color change is not natural and is often due to a range of factors that affect the tree’s health or prevent it from getting the nutrients it needs. Here is a range of reason your beloved evergreens are turning brown:

  • Extreme temperatures could be the culprit making your evergreen shrubs turn brown. Frigid weather and extreme heat can cause your evergreen shrub’s leaves to become dry and turn brown.
    • Another possible cause of your Evergreen Shrubs turning brown is drastic weather changes. Spells of warm weather during winter can trick Evergreen Shrubs to start growing new leaves. When the temperature suddenly drops, the growth will stop in its tracks, and the budding leaves begin to turn brown instead. 
  • Very cold winters can also cause the water beneath the soil to freeze up, making it impossible for the shrub to absorb the water it needs to grow. The freezing causes the leaves on the shrub to turn brown as it can’t get its needed moisture
  • Certain pests and diseases are also responsible for turning your Evergreen Shrubs brown. Insects like the borer and diseases like boxwood blight are major culprits of this heinous crime.
  • Another possible cause of browning leaves on your evergreen shrub can be the overuse of fertilizer Using too much fertilizer increases the acidity and salt level in soil, literally burning the shrub and causing brown leaves.
  • Lastly, water issues can also cause Evergreen Shrubs to turn brown. Usually, when people hear water issues, they assume it means a lack of water. However, both too much and too little water could be the cause, as both can stress a shrub out and cause it to turn brown.

The above listed are the common issues that can cause your Evergreen Shrubs to turn brown. However, do not fret as most of these problems can be easily solved. Browning leaves do not necessarily mean your tree is dying, and there are still a number of remedies available to you. 

How to Get My Evergreen Shrubs to Stay Evergreen

The best two ways to ensure your Evergreen Shrubs stay green are prevention and maintenance. Taking care of your tree and ensuring it is healthy, free of pests, and gets all the required nutrients is the best way to beat the brown. However, if the brown coloration is already present, try these tips. 

  • Suppose harsh temperature is the cause of your Evergreen Shrub turning brown. In that case, you can solve this issue by watering the roots in extreme summers or using an anti-desiccant spray to protect your Evergreen Shrubs before winter.
  • If fluctuating winter temperatures are the culprit, wait for the spring to see if the shrub continues its growth. Then water the shrub thoroughly and prune off any branches that don’t sprout new leaves.
  • The problem of pests can be solved by inspecting the tree to ascertain the pest type and then responding with the appropriate pesticide or calling your neighborhood arborist.
  • Where browning is caused by too much water, which you’d see by oversaturated or soggy soil, you should dial back on the water and let the soil dry out.
  • Where you’ve overloaded your tree with fertilizer, you can solve this by using a steady flow of water to flush the soil. 

So, there you have it! Brown leaves are not the end of the world and can be solved by proper care and the simple tips listed above.


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