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Question: I have two pine trees that they are drying up and dying. I found some white gook on the branches and trunk of the tree. Is this a disease or some kind of worms? and how can I take care of this problem?
I live in Charlotte NC.

Answer: I can't really tell by your description whether the trees are diseased or have been attacked by insects. The white gook is sap, either from injury or from an internal disease. Wish I could give you a concrete answer, but without seeing the trees, I really can only venture a guess. You might take one of the affected branches to your local cooperative extension office for positive diagnosis. Once they physically see the problem they should be able to suggest control measures.

Best wishes with your pines!

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