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Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA
wordbuilder
Feb 23, 2018 5:21 PM CST
Hi! My mother has an evergreen tree in her yard which is turning brown and losing needles. (She asked me to visit her and take pictures and ask about it because she's not very good at the web.) It's in Tucumcari, New Mexico (eastern side of the state). It's usually hot (in the summer) and windy (mostly in the spring but also sometimes during the other season) and dry here. My parents do water their trees.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 23, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Welcome!

The damage is on the tips of the needles, not the base attached to the branch, making me think something external happened. Did you have some extremely cold weather? Hot weather? Cold weather after hot weather?

Are there two needles per sheath?
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sooby
Feb 23, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Welcome!

It looks like there may be some spots or bands on the needles? I can't quite see clearly enough. It could be a "needle blight", some pictures to compare here:

From Missouri Botanical Garden:
http://www.missouribotanicalga...

Also:
https://www.google.ca/search?q...:
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Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA
wordbuilder
Mar 2, 2018 11:47 PM CST
Thank you so much for the replies. Sorry for the delayed response. I took some additional pictures. Our weather this winter has been crazy: very dry, some cold (but not severely), and a lot of warm. It can switch quickly from cold to warm back to cold and it's not unusual to run AC inside during the day and heat at night.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 4, 2018 10:01 AM CST
It sure does look bad. It needs some serious care, and water. If it can be saved at all.

I believe that NM suffered the same three year drought that CA did a few years back. It weakened so many trees in the Sierra mountains. The tree borers went crazy. The borers are still on the rampage, attacking weekend trees. Hundreds of thousands of trees are still being taken down, and being destroyed to try to manage the borers.

My advice, is to call the forest service, you don't need to live in forest service area. There concerned with anything detrimental to the logging industry.
They will come out and look at tree, at no charge, and let you know what's wrong.

Second option is an arborist. They know there stuff.

Forget tree services, most, none of them, know anything about bugs or diseases of trees.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 4, 2018 6:52 PM CST
Don't do anything radical quite yet. Because of their nature, pines either live or die. Soon, you should see new growth. Or it will continue to brown. There's not much you can do about it.

If you haven't had a lot of rain this winter, water deeply - the water needs to reach all the way down to the bottom of the roots. If you put a hose on drip under the tree line and leave it until water starts to puddle then move it to another spot and keep doing that until you are all the way around the tree, you will know it is well watered.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA
wordbuilder
Mar 5, 2018 11:08 AM CST
Thank you, all, for your replies. I really do appreciate you taking the time to help. I've let my mom know. I believe she is going to do a deep watering and, also, reach out to the Forest Service for advice. Smiling

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