I have 2 mature Jack pines in my back yard ( about 35 years old ). They are...

Asked March 26, 2015, 9:42 AM EDT

I have 2 mature Jack pines in my back yard ( about 35 years old ). They are lossing small 1&1/2 inch branch ends in a fairly large quantity. I thought it was a red squirrel chewing them off but I have removed the squirrel through a live trap but the ends keep falling to the ground. The trees are well watered. What could be causing this ? If pictures of the ends are needed ,just let me know otherwise I will be watching for your answer. Thank you for your time.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

While squirrels are one possibility, there are many others, including deer, rabbits, porcupines, or an insect such as a sawfly, or even a disease. You can start by trying to diagnose the problem yourself using this website:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/evergreen/pine/

Look for other evidence (animal tracks, insects feeding, type of cut on the branch, etc.)
If you still have trouble, then, yes, send us a photograph.