Some Brown Spots - Knowledgebase Question

East Meadow, NY
Question by jjannuke
November 21, 2002
blue spruce fat albert panted in aug. of this yr... 4feet and round.. getting brown foilage at bottom and some towsrd top... first yr in ground.. any reason for this ..
what should i do or is this normal


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Answer from NGA
November 21, 2002

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Needled evergreens such as spruce will periodically lose a few of the oldest inner needles, this would be normal. However, a pattern of browning or loss at the base can signify a disease problem developing or can be a sign of overwatering or a poorly drained site. There are also some significant diseases and pests that cause needles to brown. I would suggest you take some photos and possibly a sample and consult with your county extension and/or professional nursery staff to make sure what you are seeing is not the early stages of a serious problem. Good luck with your tree.

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