What is wrong with my evergreen?

Asked July 2, 2018, 4:18 PM EDT

Hello, Every year this tree drops more and more needles and is growing increasingly brown, although most branches still have some green needles. Can anything be done to help keep it alive?

Washington County Minnesota evergreens needle drop

1 Response

If you haven't already, I'll need you to take a close up look at the needles, trunk and branches of your tree. These can sometimes give clues to what is going on. For instance, are the needles that are turning brown, do they have bands of colors along these needles? Is there any damage observed on the trunk or branches? Depending on your observations, this website below can then help narrow down some possible causes and possible treatment. https://apps.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/evergreen/pine/index.html It may also be helpful to consult with a certified arborist to help determine the cause of the problem and possible treatment. Some cities have an arborist on staff that is able to work with homeowners, so you could check your city's website to see if that is the case. The website below gives additional information about hiring an arborist in your area. http://www.treesaregood.org/portals/0/docs/treecare/hire_arborist.pdf A quick note about any University of Minnesota extension webpages - if you encounter problems with some that do not open, please keep checking back: The University of Minnesota Extension website is undergoing a major update to improve navigation and make it easier to find content. Staff are working as fast as possible to get the content transferred from the old site to the new. You can find some of content on the new website and more is being added daily: https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-garden´╗┐. Thank you for your patience!