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Q: Ack! What’s going on with my shrub? It was healthy last year and slowly over the winter this flagging began to occur. Should we tear it out or can you suggest a method to revive it?
~Tiffany, Bow, WA
A: Your Boulevard Cypress could be flagging which occurs mostly to older needles and usually affects just the interior. Wait for new growth, then cut back the brown needles until it reaches new, green growth. If the brown needles go to the tip, you may have to remove the whole branch!