Pine trees are living things that are susceptible to disease. If you have one or more pine trees on your property, it’s a good idea to inspect them often for signs of diseases that can cause trees to die. Certain diseases might also spread quickly between trees. Here is some helpful information on two kinds of common pine tree diseases.

Dothistroma needle blight

Dothistroma is caused by a fungus and is often found on pines. It’s a slow disease that can take years to become serious. It can usually be noticed in the late summer or early fall.  Older needles are most vulnerable to the disease. Infected ones become brown at the tips. Beneath this dark band,  you will be able to see tiny bumps. These can produce spores that will spread to other plants. To help prevent the disease from occurring, you may want to contact a tree service Cincinnati for advice.

Diplodia tip blight

This is another fungal disease that tends to attack a variety of pines. Trees over 30 years of age are especially vulnerable, but young seedlings can fall victim to this as well. Those that have been weakened or damaged by weather or poor environmental conditions should be watched closely. Symptoms include newly budded needles turning brown and dying. Black splotches will also be seen at the base of the needles. People who see this damage should contact tree services right away. Trees may be able to be pruned to stop the spread of the disease.

Neither of these diseases will necessarily kill a tree. If the symptoms are noticed soon enough and dealt with, it’s possible that the tree can be saved. Working with experienced arborists will give you the best chances of success. They should be contacted in the event you suspect your trees may have a disease.


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