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Can anyone tell why this Cedar Bush is dying on one side???

Can anyone tell why this Cedar Bush is dying on one side???

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Old 08-15-15, 10:27 PM
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Can anyone tell why this Cedar Bush is dying on one side???

I have a cedar bush about 8 feet tall on either side of my front door just off the porch. I trimmed all of my bushes and shrubs about 2 months ago about 3 weeks later I noticed one was starting to brown in a small area. Since then the small area has turned to half the bush. This half of the Bush gets direct evening sunlight on the dying area. I did not trim much from them, just a touch up.

I am starting g to see a small segment of brown in the other bush too. Is this in dire need of water or has it gotten a disease or did I trim at the wrong time of year???? We have a pretty good supply of rain going save for the last week.

I attached a few pictures of what I have going on. Wondering if there is anything I can do to save this bush and if it is dying will it come back possibly in the spring?
Thanks for any assistance.
Robert
 
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Old 08-16-15, 01:57 AM
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My guess is it needs pruning badly. You need to get air and light to the interior. Not the best shrub for that close to the house.
 
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Old 08-16-15, 03:19 AM
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It amazes me that landscape "artists" set up shrubbery on a new house a foot from the foundation. Looks good until the house sells, then it starts to grow. Nothing should be planted within at least 3' of the house, even more depending on the species, such as this poor cedar. Not the best plant for that location.
 
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I see large plants/trees too close to the house all the time Many landscapers just go for the 'it looks great now' effect and too many homeowners aren't educated enough in how stuff grows

IMO the bush needs to be removed! the location isn't good for the cedar or the house.
 
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Old 08-16-15, 10:50 AM
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i think I see cocoons on the dead branches. Tent caterpillars?
 
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Old 08-16-15, 02:44 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. If it needs to be relocated I can do that but I don't understand how it has thrived there for 20 years and never had this happen. Just yearly trimming is all. Now suddenly after trimming it is all to pieces 2 months later. I do see pod type things hanging in the dead sections but not on the thriving sections. Could that be tent catapilliars as one poster mentioned? Could they defoiliate the bush?

Thanks for the posts and I will look at moving those either further away from the house or to a new open location all together.
In the meantime I want to do what I can to save them if they have pests in them.

Thanks,
Robert
 
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Old 08-16-15, 03:54 PM
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Ok, I can't upload photos from phone browser but as I was carrying in groceries and saw one of those pod deals on the driveway moving. Thought it was maybe an ant but it was a catapilliar half out of pod walking down sidewalk. So google "tent catapilliars" and see what it says about eradicating them?????
Good call there on the catapilliar observation.
Thanks,
Robert
 
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Old 08-16-15, 08:11 PM
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Tent caterpillars can defoliate foliage. I've only had a small infestation once, on some unwanted junk trees. I cut off the affected branches with a plastic bag beneath and set them out for garbage pickup. I wouldn't consider put them in with other yard waste.

I think there's also some winter wind damage on the bare side; that's happened when a shrub has been exposed to prevailing winds during particularly bitter wind, such as we had in our area last year.

In addition, as others observed, the shrub is much too close to the house; there's no room for ventilation and aeration of the side against the brick.
 
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