> We have two small conifer's outside our house and from the bottom
> upwards they have gone brown, so we cut off all the dead and gave it
> some fresh soil but we pulled out what looked like a bread roll - what
> could this be? a fungus? and is this why the tree went brown? Also, now
> we've cut the dead off, we'll the green grow back or should we give them
> up as a bad job?
Have you got cats or are there any cats in the area? Their spray can
turn them brown. Once they go brown, they will not come back again. You
can always lollypop them and have a green ball on the top and plant
something else below them.