Earlier this week, we headed out to a home in Midland, NC to assess some tree damage from Hurricane Michael. The homeowner had noticed that her arborvitae, which is typically a hardy evergreen, was quickly gaining brown leaves. Sure enough, signs of tree decay were clearly visible across her landscape. How did we know there was tree decay? Tree decay was evident based on the browning of the needles that the once very green evergreens were showing. Given how quickly this condition can kill an arborvitae, the trees required the immediate attention of our plant health care technician. If your evergreens are showing brown needles throughout the tree and/or missing needles, it’s time to take action.