Take the Water Out of the Log
May 14, 2012 8:46 AM Subscribe
I greatly over watered my emerald green arborvitaes this season, so now the tops are drooping. How do I fix this, or don't I?
posted by TinWhistle to home & garden (2 answers total)
I planted the trees in the spring of 2011, and I watered them like crazy since they were newly transplanted (they were about 5 feet in height when I planted them). It worked out very well.
Then we had a very dry winter (upper Midwest) and a dry start to spring 2012, so the trees started turning brown in a hurry. Instead of letting nature do all the work subsequent to the planting year, I watered them just as I had the previous spring.
This started out very well--the trees went from browning to a beautiful, full, healthy green color, and they are growing rather quickly, as they should be after the initial planting year.
But, I was so excited that I continued to water them like crazy. So, now the top 8-10" of some of the trees (not all) droops or falls over.
How do I fix this? Do I just stop watering them and let nature take care of it and let them straighten out on their own? Or do I need to stake them until they recover? I have two cable TV lines running about 9 feet above ground that I could tie the tops to, or I could stake them from their centers with 1/4" plastic garden poles.
Even if they will always be droopy, that is fine with me, too, as long as they still achieve their full height over time. So, if the answer is that I will just have 12-foot trees with droopy tops, that is all I need to know.