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Why is my Pine Tree Losing its Needles?

Pine trees offer a whole host of benefits to homeowners. Pine trees are generally tough trees that tolerate sun, drought, cold, and a wide range of soil conditions. They are great for erosion control because their roots hold soil in place. Also, the layers of pine needles help to soften the impact of falling rain. They aren’t called “evergreen” for nothing! They smell great and even offer a wonderful home for many different species of critters. Plus, they’re beautiful!

Yet, it is important to realize that trees are living beings. They need certain nutrients to stay alive and healthy. Just like you or your family dog may become ill, your tree can too. Trees have a natural lifespan and eventually die. If you’ve recently noticed that your pine tree is losing its needles, you may begin to worry that it is sick and dying. Is it time to say goodbye to your beloved pine tree?

It is important to understand what’s happening and take the necessary steps to save your tree as soon as possible. When this happens, it can spell the death of your tree. Unlike the leaves on many other species of trees, pine trees never regrow their needles. If your tree loses too many, it won’t be able to survive. Clearly, it’s important to spot and treat problems before they prove fatal to your tree. Below are some of the common reasons that pines lose their needles, and what you can do to reverse their effects if it’s already happening.

#1 Needle Blight: This is caused by certain fungi. If infected, your pine tree will show less vigorous needle development and yellowing or browning of newer needles. Regular and thorough watering will help the tree be more resistant to problems. If your tree is infected, using a strong fungicide is recommended by Akron, OH tree care experts.

#2 Pine Wilt: This is a fatal condition caused by a certain roundworm species called the pine wilt nematode. This tiny, destructive worm eats the pine tree’s cells, causing it to wilt from an inability to transport water and nutrients. Once a tree is infected with these pests, they can be spread to nearby healthy trees so your tree care professionals will tell you that this pine tree should be removed and burned. If you really want to save the tree, nematicides are available but are costly.

#3 Pine Bark Beetle: These insects infest ailing pine trees and then hasten the decline. They burrow into the bark, hindering the tree’s ability to transport nourishment and water. A professional will come out and check the bark for squiggly lines, which is a sure sign of their presence. Infected pines should be removed and burned to prevent additional infestations.

You would take a sick pet to the vet, not try to handle it by yourself. Just the same, you aren’t stuck handling all of your tree needs on your own! Those in Akron, Ohio can contact Land Pro Landscaping for help with pine trees and any other tree care. Contact us today by calling (330) 801-5657 or emailing info@landprolandscaping.com. Hurry, your pine tree may not have much more time!

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  • Stow
  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Munroe Falls
  • Kent
  • Rootstown
  • Brimfield
  • Suffield


  • Lakemore
  • Green
  • Hartville
  • Uniontown
  • Randolph
  • Atwater
  • Portage Lakes
  • New Franklin


  • North Canton
  • Greentown
  • Fairlawn
  • Tallmadge
  • Mogadore
  • Ravenna

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