Pine trees are among the common variety of evergreens in the United States. They are found throughout much of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s hardiness zones 3-11, characterized by the presence of pine needles and pine cones.
Like most trees, however, pines are susceptible to disease, pests and stress, which can kill an otherwise healthy specimen. When this occurs, it can threaten nearby homes and structures, placing the lives of residents at risk for serious injury.
So, how do you know if a pine tree on your property is dying?
One tell-tale sign of a sick pine tree is bark peeling away. A healthy pine tree should retain its bark – or at least most of its bark – throughout all four seasons of the year.
When a pine tree becomes sick, however, it may shed its bark. Granted, it’s not uncommon for animals like woodpeckers to damage a pine tree’s bark.
As long as the damage is minor, this shouldn’t cause any reason for concern. But large sections of missing bark from a pine tree is a sign of a sick and dying tree.
Pine trees should maintain their distinct green color throughout the year. If you discover the needles have turned brown or yellow, it could indicate the presence of disease.
Dothistroma, for instance, has a tendency to turn pine tree needles brown. If a pine tree is suffering from wilt, on the other hand, its needles may be grayish-green.
Early Needle Drop
Normally, pine trees will shed their needles in the late summer to early fall. The first needles to drop are the ones on the tips of branches, while the last ones to drop are the needles located deeper inside towards the base of the tree.
Disease, stress and other problems, however, may cause a pine tree to shed its needles earlier in the year. If you have several pine trees in your yard but only one of them has shed its needles, it could indicate the presence of disease or illness.
So, what should you do if you have one or more sick pine trees on your property? If the tree poses a danger to your home, you should have it removed immediately.
Leaving a dead tree on your property is just asking for trouble. Statistics show that nearly 100 people are killed by falling trees in the United States each year. Contact a professional tree removal company ASAP to keep your home and family safe.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or