Sick Pine Tree
We have what I believe is a Blue Pine tree, approximately 30-years old that is browning and shedding needles at an unprecedented rate. The needles in turn are damaging our newly sewn lawn.
Fairbanks North Star Borough Alaska
Thank you Jessie.
First and foremost the tree is in the neighborhood of 35+ years old. In July, the new yard was prepped and seeded and the contractor was very careful to minimize and disruption of the trunk or exposed roots nor was there any significant additional soil added around them. At the same time, the lower half-dozen or so limbs were removed "professionally" to open up the yard a bit and increase head room. Obviously, with a new lawn, we used an exorbitant amount of municipal water for the first couple of months until the lawn was pretty well established.
We have routinely had browning over the past 14 years since we've lived here, but not to this extent. The needles are browning both on the interior and/or exterior ends of the limbs and some are dying along the entire length. At this time, the top 6 feet or so does not appear to be affected. I'm not sure the pictures do it justice. The needles themselves appear uniform in color. The accumulation of needles is stunting the grass somewhat, but it's still green so far.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.