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Dying Evergreen

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From: Jeff Moravik
Earlville, IL

I live in earlville and have a large evergreen that is dying and losing it needles.

Can I send pics or talk to someone to try and save it?

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Hello Jeff, I got to connect the pictures sent seperatly to your question. Evergreens of all kinds have been declining since our very dry summer of 2012. The stress has allowed a number of boring insects and needle diseases to flourish. Needle casts and blights can be treated over a 2-3 year program along with improving plant health by regular watering all season long and a fertilizer program to assist in recovery. Spray programs involve 2-3 sprays per season starting at bud break, again when needles are about 1/2 grown and again when full grown. Sanitation involves needle cleanup and potentially Pine cone removal depending on the disease.

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