Something Eating Scotch Pines - Knowledgebase Question

Olathe, Ka
Question by bclark44
February 26, 2009
I have three larges established pines in the back of my yard. I believe they are scotch pines. About 1 month ago tips of branches started falling to the ground about 5 to 6 inches. There are so many know I can make a wreath. The middle tree is by far the worst to the point it has lost a substantial part of its coverage to the rear of the yard. It looks like they have been bitten off.

Answer from NGA
February 26, 2009


If the tree looks otherwise healthy; if it is the right color and you see new growth each spring, I suspect a creature is nibbling on your trees. Do you have deer in the area? How about raccoons or squirrels. I suspect a large 4 legged animal is munching on your trees. You can try applying a spray on deterrent such as Deer Away to the tips of the branches to thwart further feeding. Aside from a deterrent, or going to the expense of fencing the entire area, I can't think of another solution to the problem. Wish I had better news for you!

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