Feb 20 2019

Why is My EverGreen Tree Turning Brown?

Evergreen trees keep your landscape and surroundings beautiful while other trees get brown during the autumn and winter months.  Probably, you'll be a proud property owner as you enjoy the gorgeous feel the tree provides when they remain green and healthy.

But with time, your lovely evergreen tree might start to shrink while losing its luster and turning brown and you'll begin to wonder what went wrong.

You will notice that from the bottom all the way to the tippy-top, the tree gets weaker and perhaps, your pine, cedar, juniper or spruce is dying!

Don't get worried because in this article, you will know why the evergreen tree is turning brown and tips to save your declining tree.

Nature or seasonal needle loss

Evergreens are coniferous trees that shed their oldest needles in the developmental process and that is normal and natural. Before dropping to the ground, the needles located closest to the trunk turns brown or yellow.

It is natural for your evergreen tree or conifer to grow a new set of needles by losing the old ones.

However, you need to check during spring if there is growth at the tip of the branches. If there is no needle development, it's a sign that the tree has a problem. Check in with your arborists from Sesmas Tree Service to evaluate the cause of the weaning of your evergreen tree, and the issues will be resolved.

Tree browning caused by pests or disease

Some pests and diseases may attack your evergreen tree thereby making it shed some leaves or the color might change to brown. Some of the diseases that can attack the evergreens are pine beetles or cytospora canker disease.

The pine beetle disease is like an insect infestation on the tree, and they can attack the tree from the inside creating small holes while the cytospora disease leaves bulges on the branches.

If you suspect that any disease has infected the tree, it's better to stop the spread as early as possible. Therefore, get in contact with a tree specialist that will diagnose the issue and determine the best course of action.

Lack of water

The tiny and sensitive root heirs are damaged because of the dryness of the soil or drought-like conditions. This can cause the bottom needles to die, or the leaves turn to brown. Also, adverse temperatures such as extreme heat in summer, freezing temperatures in mid-winter can be the cause of stress to the trees.

The bad weather conditions can hinder the uptake of water and nutrients causing the tree to look sickly and brownish.

To enable the tree have access to more liquid and nutrients, you need to water the soil and practice mulching and within a short time, you will notice positive changes.

Flooding or a high water table

The tree does not get enough oxygen needed for photosynthesis when it is exposed to flooding or standing water. This situation can damage the root hairs, and the needles may die much faster.

High water table or downspout directed to the root zone of the tree can cause overly damp conditions to the tree.

However, the solution to the problems of your tree boils down to two things: prevention and maintenance. The tree care professionals at Sesmas Tree Service will help you diagnose the problem and recommend the right action to take. Give us a call today for tree removal, trimming and pruning services in the Metro Atlanta area.

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