Posts Tagged ‘pine’

Tree – Straightening

Q: The rain earlier this month softened the soil in my yard. Because of high winds, a twelve foot pine tree is leaning at about fifteen degrees from vertical. A small portion of the root ball is six inches above...

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Squirrel – Eating Pine Cones

Q: I have several tall pine trees in my back yard. I’ve been having a large amount of pine tree debris coming down for about a month. A lot of long, skinny tan and green pine cones are falling plus...

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Pine Beetle- Control

Q: My husband has been diligently treating the bark of our pine trees with a borer prevention treatment for ten years. Our neighbors brought home some pine lumber that we now know has borers in it. He thinks that one...

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Compost – Using Shredded Paper

Q: I am an avid gardener who takes advantage of composting at every opportunity. I work out of my home office and shred considerable paper which I would like to use in amending my garden soil. Is office paper from...

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Pine Beetle – In Mulch

Q: I had some pines cut down because they had pine beetles. Should the tree be sprayed with insecticide? Is it safe to use the shredded limbs and chips as mulch? A: The infested pine tree trunks should be removed...

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Wooly Pine Scale – Identification

Q: What is this stuff that looks like snow on my pine tree in Decatur in mid-summer? Should I do something about it? It looks fluffy and is sticky. When you pull some off it can be rolled up in...

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Pine Beetle – Identifying Damage

Q: One of our pine trees has holes along the trunk with bits of rosin sticking out. Our neighbor says we have pine beetles and the tree is dead. What do you think? A: If there are lots of holes,...

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Pine Beetle – Aftercare

Q: We had a tree die from pine beetles and my husband would like to cut it down himself as he has done with other trees. Is there is a risk of spreading beetle larva when the limbs are moved?...

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Pine Pollen – Predicting

Q: We are preparing to paint the outside trim of our house, and would like to avoid the peak time for pine pollen. Can you approximate when we can expect the “yellow curse” to appear? A: Yikes! Considering that a single...

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Lightning Damage

Q: Recently we had some summertime fireworks. There was an unbelievably fierce storm and lightning struck a large pine tree and an adjacent box elder maple. Is there anything that you can recommend to help us save these two trees?...

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Pine Cones – Why do They Close Up

Q: Our third grade class would like to know why pine cones close when theyare soaked in water. A: Are you prepared to explain the mysteries of osmotic pressure? Basically, the cones close up because the cells at the base...

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Pine – Brooming

Q: Can you tell me why there is a flush of new growth in the top of this pine? Is there a problem? A: It’s a witch’s broom (also called “pine brooming” ) It is caused by fusiform rust, a...

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Pine Pollen – In New York

Q: I was told that Pennsylvania and New York do not have the yellow pollen that we have in Georgia. Is this true? A: Since loblolly pine doesn’t grow up there, they have much less yellow pollen, but the pollen...

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Pine – Pitch Canker Disease

Q: A giant oozing growth suddenly appeared on the side of my pine tree, about 5 feet off the ground. It’s a white bubbly thing, 6-8 inches across. Scary, scary stuff. A: You’re right – if I saw something like...

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White Pine – Dying

Q: We just returned from an overseas trip and found one of our three pine trees pretty much dead and another one with a fair amount of brown needles. I stood next to the tree today, and heard...

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Tulip Poplar – Losing Leaves in Drought

Q: I am concerned about a couple of my larger trees on my property. They are losing a lot of leaves as if it is fall. A: The leaves they you are seeing are from tulip poplar, a common, large...

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Pine – Brain Canker

Q: Please explain what might cause this. It looks as though the pine cone never fell off the tree but instead grew downward and sprouted new limbs. Is this normal? A: My forester friend Bill Blum says it looks like...

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Pine – Bubbles on Bark

Q: I have a very unique situation. I have several pine trees that foam during a hard rain. It looks like dish water because it has real bubbles around the base of the trunk and the suds run down these...

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