At a flip (my wife’s recent passion), I have a row of Arborvitae which have a lot of damage below the fence line. I’m not sure what did it, but it could be deer browsing. Another possibility is that it gradually died out due to lower sunlight levels on the North West side of the fence.
So, the question is what to do about it.
1.) Prune a lot- My first inclination is to prune off all the the small, mostly dead wood and attempt to make it look like they are a sculpted topiary.
2.) Do nothing- It looks like there is some re-growth. But, I’m concerned that it won’t be much, or come back very quickly.
3.) Take them out and plant something else. I do have some lilacs which may go well there. It does seem somewhat wasteful to chop/dig out mature plantings.
I should mention that the hope is to have the house on the market in ~1.5 months, so I need to make it look good (or at least OK) relatively quickly. Anyone dealt with something like this or have any advice?
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