Fall Arborvitae Questions

Many of you are calling in about the appearance of brown needles on your arborvitae.  Some folks fear this is a sign that the plant is dying.  Rest assured that the arborvitae is simply shedding its needles.   All evergreens go through this process at some point during the growing year.  The critical factor for you to watch for is whether the brown needles appear on the inside of the plant.   If so, this is a natural occurrence.  If the brown needles appear on the outer layers of the plant, you may have reason for concern.