Black Hills Spruce

Asked July 26, 2019, 4:59 PM EDT

We recently had a black hills spruce planted that now has drooping tips that are turning pale green and brown. At first I thought the tree needed more water, then I was afraid it was overwatered. I’m not sure what to do.

Michigan

1 Response

The symptoms you described and are in your photo can be from either over or under watering. I would remove some of the stone under and round the tree, then check the moisture of the soil ( is dry or wet ). Check below your tree, dig down 9 inches or so several areas around the soil ball. A soil probe works well for this. Your soil should be moist, if it is soaking wet, you’re over-watering. If your soil crumbles or feels dry then you are under-watering the tree. Sometimes in clay soils you can create a "bowl" effect that causes the water not to drain quickly and hold moisture in the root zone.