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Thank you. I live in central North Carolina, Sanford. I didn't look closely at the bark but I didn't notice anything on it. The leaves just dried up and turned brown, there aren't any buds. It did bloom in the Spring but now that I think about it, the flowers were kind of sparse.Before that it was growing very nicely.
My soil is basically clay. Ther is a light layer of better dirt on top of the clay. When I planted this, I put in a lot of good dirt but it didn't go very deep,\.
I few years ago I had a beautiful blue cedar die suddenly and a landscaper told me it drowned becasue of the clay. We had a wt Spring then and also this year.
The whole yard is bushes and mulch, no grass. And I do use herbicides on the mulch to control the weeds. Here they grow like weeds! and I have to keep after them. But I have learnes to keep it away from the bushes and keep th nozzle close to the groun to avoid the drift.
Also I was tols another tree like mine in my neighborhood also died suddenly . And the farm bureau had a report of another, they thought it was the weed killer but I am thinking maybe it did drown?
I hope that will help.
One thing I forgot to tell you-- this is a grafted tree and I don't know what the roots and trunk are. But I don't want it to come from the old root. I am hoping the branches above the gratf will recover. I will use the newspaper, I know that works but there is a grade to the yard and rain washes the mulch off the papers.
What form is the nitrogen? What prodict should I look for?