Trees thinning

Asked May 20, 2020, 8:20 PM EDT

Hello, we recently moved to our house.we have 8 big trees in our backyard and problem started with one of the tree. It started to thin out now we are noticing that all the trees are thinning and it seems like they are dying. We are trying to save them. But don’t have much knowledge how to or who to ask for help.

Ingham County Michigan

1 Response

Hello,

Your evergreens in the pictures are spruce trees and are declining as most of these do here as they age- there are several diseases and conditions that cause this.

Hire a certified arborist. a professional who has taken training in care, diseases, pests and passed certification tests. The fee is reasonable compared to having to remove and then replace trees. He/she will come on site, walk through your property, and can give a complete diagnosis and a plant care plan. Or can tell you which trees are too far gone and not worth treating. Find certified arborists by zip code here—-

www.treesaregood.org

Here are references related to spruce decline-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/what_is_spruce_decline_and_what_should_you_do_about_it

You will probably want to plant some replacements soon, so that new trees are growing before old ones must be removed. Here are good choices that are hardy here-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/files/Alternatives_to_blue_spruce_BertCregg.pdf