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Offline DPatton

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Sick spruce
« on: September 16, 2016, 08:25:57 pm »
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with the spruce tree on the far left of this picture :-\ and what can be done to save it? I has been like this for a few years now  ::) Probably time I tried to do something about it!

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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2016, 08:28:52 pm »
Ah rats! My photo didn't upload....... :-[ I will try again.

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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2016, 08:47:29 pm »



It really hurts my pride that I had to have my Mrs show me how to attach this photo :'(.  Gotta say tho, she's been a great first wife! :D

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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2016, 07:08:14 am »
I think this is the picture.

 

 

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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2016, 07:12:31 am »
If it were mine and it hasn't come back in a couple years, I'd cut her down so whatever might be causing it didn't spread.  This may be the most ignorant thing said around here in a while but it just makes a tiny little bit of sense to my stupid head.
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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2016, 04:49:21 pm »
I am with the Ox.

Take it out and examine it carefully.  Could be root rot, spruce bud worm, or many other things.  Did the whole crown go at once, bottom up or top down, or ends in?
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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016, 10:29:56 am »
I believe it went slowly from bottom to top. The tree appears to rebound somewhat every spring when it puts on its new annual foliage growth but then by the end of the summer it looks like this each year.

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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2016, 03:26:34 pm »
Spruce are shallow rooted trees.  In a place like Nevada they tend to dry out in the winter.  They get moisture stressed when the ground is frozen.  How is the drainage at your site?  It is hard to imagine trees being too dry in Maine.
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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2016, 09:27:22 pm »
I'm in southeast Nebraska and the tree has had ample moisture this past growing season. It has been in reasonably good grade black dirt soil conditions for the last sixteen years at this location.

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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2016, 10:28:47 am »
How is the moisture during the winter?
We lose trees around here a lot because of dry winters. It is hard to get out and water them when everything is frozen
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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2016, 11:43:24 pm »
I was thinking it might be spruce spider mites, but since the other spruce look OK, it would appear to be some sort of environmental factor.  If it's mites you can tell by holding a sheet of white paper under a branch and tapping the branch sharply.  Mites will fall down on the paper and be easier to spot.
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Re: Sick spruce
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2016, 11:35:57 pm »
Rhizosphaera needle cast tends to work its way through a spruce from the bottom up and inside out. Check the symptoms of that with your specimen.

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