Pine trees needles Browning

Asked April 4, 2020, 5:37 PM EDT

The pine trees in our yard are looking very brown. They have plenty of water. I see no scale on the needles. I am seeing some holes in the trunk. Is there something infecting the trees in Mesa County? What can I use to help the trees? Thank you, Maura in Grand Junction

Mesa County Colorado

1 Response

Looks like you have sapsucker damage. Here is a fact sheet that should help you. https://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/wildlife-issues/2304-preventing-woodpecker-damage-trees/
They may or may not be linked to the brown needles deepening on what flow of water and nutrients they interfered with. We have been in drought since fall, so unless you were dragging out the house about once a month, they could have gotten dry at some point. Remember too the root zone is at least twice the height of the tree and down 12-18". Trees, especially pines, like infrequent deep watering. https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/657.pdf Let me know if you have other questions.