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Monroe Twp, New Jersey
jakeyes
Oct 31, 2020 7:51 AM CST
This little tree is looking worse as the weeks go by, bare branches and brown needles. It's been properly watered and I did use fertilizer sticks earlier in the Fall (New Jersey). Should I try to save it or just replace it?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2020 8:17 AM CST
What does the top look like?
Porkpal
Monroe Twp, New Jersey
jakeyes
Oct 31, 2020 8:52 AM CST
Top quarter to a third looks okay, although pine cones have been brown from the start.

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2020 11:37 AM CST
Well, it is not dying, but it seems to have suffered some localized damage. It will probably always look a bit awkward, so whether to replace it or not would be your call.
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Monroe Twp, New Jersey
jakeyes
Oct 31, 2020 11:47 AM CST
Thanks. Do you think I should prune the dead branches?
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DaisyI
Oct 31, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Yes, prune out the dead branches but new branches will not re-grow. You will always have a bare spot. The tree looks healthy otherwise.
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Monroe Twp, New Jersey
jakeyes
Nov 1, 2020 5:45 AM CST
Thank you for your help! Thank You!
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ViburnumValley
Nov 1, 2020 9:47 AM CST
That is a very young Picea pungens var. glauca - a blue selection of Colorado Spruce. All the live branches remaining in that area will continue to grow, and will likely cover that currently open spot where you have lost some branches/foliage. Spruce cones are supposed to be beige-y brown, that's normal.

Yes, prune out dead wood carefully - and look for Bagworms or evidence of other insects, pathogens, or cause of damage. Bagworms are often the silent cause of such areas being stripped of needles and leaving "dead spots". The bags of bagworms will be the only thing left by this time of year - and they mimic cones to the casual observer - but the bags from females will be full of eggs for next year's voracious larvae. Removing and destroying them NOW will reduce/eliminate such damage next year.
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Monroe Twp, New Jersey
jakeyes
Nov 1, 2020 4:18 PM CST
Thank you so much. Hurray!

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