Answer: When a needled evergreen loses many needles it is never a good sign. Unfortunately, based on your description, I think your tree may be dying or dead. There are many possible reasons for losing a tree. It might be a disease or pest issue, dry soil due to the drought this summer, poor rooting due to incorrect planting way back in 2001, or even an inappropriate planting site for the specific type of tree you have, or a combination of factors. It is very hard to determine this type of situation long distance. You might want to consult with your local county extension to see if they can help you diagnose the cause of the problem. If it is something that can be treated, they should have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when to apply it for maximum results. I am sorry about your tree.
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