This year in particular my wife said to just throw it out after the holidays. But I just can't bring myself to throwing something living in the yardwaste cart. It just seems so wrong. By the time I planted it this year it was already losing many of its needles. Right now it's planted in the ground where it receives sun for at least 10 hours a day. I also give it water at least 2 times a week since we're not getting much rain here in the San Francisco bay area.
Currently the tree has lost ALL its needles. I broke open one of the smaller branches and noticed it was green inside. The branch wasn't dry either, it didn't snap easily. So I'm not totally convinced the tree is dead. How long should I wait before I dig it out of the ground? Is it possible the tree will come back to life and grow new needles? What am I doing wrong? Too much or little sun? Too much or little water? Poor soil? The ground in our area bakes hard as a brick and is very difficult to dig a hole. I usually mix in some tree and shrub soil to give everything a boost and to loosen up things.