Dead within a week

Asked September 29, 2020, 12:14 PM EDT

What could be killing my evergreen trees and deciduous shrubs where they turn brown and within a week are dead? It seems to be happening on one side of my house all fairly close together.

Chatham County North Carolina

1 Response

Rapid damage on one side of several species suggests an abiotic (non-disease) factor, or possibly a root rot issue (but I would not expect different species to show symptoms rapidly and simultaneously). Has there been any construction, spraying, painting, power washing, or any other activity on or near the affected side? Can you attach photos and list the species (if you know them)?