Pine Trees

We have a couple of pine trees here. They are mature and provide nice shade. Unfortunately one of them turned brown. We knew something was wrong, but weren’t sure what-was it all the rain we had early in the spring? Was it the dryness later? And can it be treated?

We discovered that it is some sort of bug disease that kills the tree and there is no way to treat it. Even worse, it moves from tree to tree throughout a neighborhood and yard. Someone else in the neighborhood also has this same trouble and even worse, our second tree is showing the same signs of brownness.

We definitely have to chop down the first tree and then burn it and the stump. We may have to do this to our second pine as well, which means we will have only one tree left for shade.

I’m not happy about this.

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  1. ~Joanne
    Sep 07, 2007 @ 02:26:09

    Those bugs are southern pine beetles. We have them here in East Texas. The tree will need to be cut down. After it’s cut down this will stop the beetles from going anywhere else..I mean to another tree. That is how the timber companies stop the spread of the beetles here. I don’t know why it stops it to just cut it down..but that is what they recommend. If the other tree is turning brown and showing signs of infestation..then it too will need to be cut down.

    We have had great success with sycamore trees. They grow easily and rapidly. They have full shade with huge leaves that show great fall colors. You might can order the trees, but we go down to the creek edges and find small saplings, tag them, and during the earliest part of spring we dig them up and transplant them wherever we want them. We’ve never lost a sycamore yet. They also have limbs that bend in the wind and will not break as easily as other trees. They also have deep tap-roots and will not blow over like an oak. The leaves are similar to the cottonwood..but without the cottonwood blooms that blow everywhere in the spring. Some folks are highly allergic to cottonwood blooms.

    ~Joanne

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