My elderberry bushes crash every summer. This year, they are crashing earlier and worse than usual. They have just started producing berries and are dying back. This typically starts with brown spots on the leaves and then some dying canes. I was having problems with my blackberries, mainly that a cane would come up, look ok, and then disappear. However this season, my blackberries look like they are on steroids.
Because of these problems, last fall and this spring I put out some lime. Also, in the past, I only had compost around individual bushes for both my blackberries and elderberries. This spring, I completely filled both beds with compost. My elderberries are doing no better, actually worse this season. My blackberries are doing great. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here are some pictures of the elderberries (if this works):
https://img40.imageshack.us/i/dsc00938g.jpg/ - note the brown spots on new growth
https://img528.imageshack.us/i/dsc00935l.jpg/ - note the dead berry cluster