Deodar Cedar – Dying

Q: I have two Deodar Cedars which are located 30 feet apart behind a large pond. One of the trees is thriving but the other has turned yellow and its needles are dropping. A man I hired said that the tree has root rot and that there is nothing I can do to prevent it from dying. Do you think there is anything I can do to keep the tree?

A: Yellowing throughout the tree indicates a root or lower stem problem. If the sick deodar is planted where the root system stays wet all of the time, the problem would be explained: they don’t care for wet feet.
On my Dad’s farm, we had only two kinds of chicken: alive and dead. You rarely saw a sick chicken because they went from happy clucking to stone cold stillness in just a few hours, just as happens with trees sometimes. Sadly, I don’t hold much hope for your tree. I think it has uttered its last “cluck”.