is something killing pine trees in Howard County?

Asked June 10, 2016, 8:04 PM EDT

Is something killing pine trees in Howard County? A pine tree in our yard is suddenly dying and it appears that others in the neighborhood are also ailing. Is there anything we can do about it? Also noticed cedars seem to be dying.

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1 Response

There is not a specific insect or disease problem with pines. In general, when subject to poor site conditions, drought, poor drainage, root issues, etc. they can be susceptible to insect and disease issues but these are secondary problems. Also, if pines are planted in a row, there is a lot of root competition for moisture and nutrients and in shady conditions they grow slowly and lose their lower branches. See our publication on pines for more information http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG54_IPM_Series_Pine...
You have the option of submitting photos so we can see what you may be dealing with. Send photos of the whole tree, around the base of the tree, and affected branches.
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