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Injured minature Arborvitae

My 85 yr. old neighbor had a min. arborvitae, which was cut by the lawn care maintenance people. I told her that I was going to ask an expert, so I need to know if there is any way that I can save this tree for her? The once beautiful rich, leaves are now brown, and when you bend the tiny branches, they bend, not break, is there hope for her tree? Especially since she entrusted it with me?
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When you say that the lawn maintenance service cut the tree, do you mean that they damaged the trunk or cut off the foliage back to where it is brown? Arborvitae can sometimes resprout from a severe cut back, but, of course, it's best not to cut them back any farther than their green scaly needles. If the main stem was girdled or damaged by a trimmer, and the tree subsequently turned completely brown, it's unlikely that it will green up again even though the branches are still pliable.

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