In many different landscapes, evergreens are commonly found. With meticulous care to help them mature, quite a few people plant evergreens from an early stage and take the extra time to care for them. To offer a sense of pride as the evergreen adds charm and even a bit of privacy all year long, the emerald-green needles sprouting from the bottom all the way to the tippy-top is satisfying. Becoming a target for disease and insects after years later, however, a frequent occurrence is seeing the older bottom branches. You will likely want to know the cause and if the spruce or pine is dying and can be saved or not when seeing an evergreen tree unsightly as it turns brown from the bottom up. 207 Tree Service lists a few of the more common reasons as to why this may be happening.
Under Watering of Evergreens
When they experience drought-like conditions, evergreens may have trouble getting enough water to all their needles. As a result, the bottom needles die to help hydrate the rest of the tree. You should be able to save the tree if this is a problem with an easy fix. To help retain moisture apply some mulch, be sure to give it more water, a little more frequently until the effects in the event you look and feel that the soils surrounding the tree’s trunk is dry.
Evergreen Tree Pests & Diseases
There are some diseases and pests are attracted to evergreens. Where it is actually very common, the pine beetle that attacks trees from the inside out. A fairly common disease for evergreens is the cytospora canker disease which leaves bulges on branches while seeping sap from the trunk. From small holes and sawdust, inspect the evergreen’s branches for signs of a pest infestation. For red signs of disease on your pine or spruce, look for anything from large cankers leaking white sap to needle death on inner branches. Call for a professional determine if the tree is savable and if it is, they will have answers to revive the tree help get it removed before the issue spreads or to avid safety hazards in the event you notice these symptoms.
Evergreen Tree Growing Cycle
Evergreens naturally wean out older needles as part of their growing cycle. The higher needles branch that branch out may die off as the lower needles get blocked from sunlight also. Being that they a finite amount of energy, trees will want to prioritize the needles that can get sunlight to complete photosynthesis. To ensure the moisture in the soil around the tree is ideal and you do not see any evidence of disease or pest infestations, your tree is in good shape and you do not need to worry.
Tree Trimming, Pruning & More in Gorham, Lewiston, Brunswick, Saco, Cape Elizabeth & Greater Portland, Maine
The professionals of 207 Tree Service can help you find custom solutions for your trees when you have concerns for your evergreens or other trees. Our experts can assist with pruning, removing, and other related tree services. You can count on superior results with our team of experienced specialists and quality products. Contact us today!