brown pine needles - Knowledgebase Question

Littleton, Co
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Question by beck7319
March 12, 2010
our mature pine has brown needles from last years growth. how should we prune water fertilize etc to help her here in denver

Answer from NGA
March 12, 2010
The dead needles will be shed on their own - usually when new growth begins in the spring. Although you can shorten the branches on pines, they never look quite natural. Instead of routine pruning, just snap off the candles, or part of the length of the candles, as they appear later this spring. All landscape trees benefit from regular watering. About one inch per week, applied slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Most pines won't need feeding. If the growth is poor, you can feed with an evergreen/conifer fertilizer (usually an 8-8-8). Best wishes with your pine.

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