Bruce the spruce is dying.
We have about 30 foot spruce the lower branches are brown. Richard’s Tree Service says that it is dying and probably has only will a couple of years. They did not suggest taking it down, so is there anything we can do? We light it every Christmas and it is a community favorite. We would love to save it.
Anne Arundel County Maryland
Here is some information. This past season we have received many questions on decline of blue spruce. In general, they are not really well suited for our area as they are native to climates further to the north. Blue spruce are susceptible to fungal diseases when stressed due to poor site conditions, drought, etc. such as
Cytospora canker http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/cytospora-canker-spruce
and Rhizosphaeria needlecast. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/evergreen-needle-cast-diseases-trees-and-shrubs
For the above diseases all you can do is prune bare branches during dry weather and keep the trees well watered during dry periods. No fungicides are recommended. Also, here is our blog post on blue spruce https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2018/01/08/whats-wrong-with-my-blue-spruce-tree/