Pine needle cast is a type of fungal disease that affects pine trees. The disease is caused most often by fungi in the genus Rhizoctonia. This fungus infects the new growth of pine trees. The fungus can cause the needles to turn yellow or brown and eventually fall off the tree. Pine needle cast can also cause the needles to thicken and become deformed.
Pine needle cast is most common in wet weather conditions and can affect both young and old pine trees. The disease can be treated with fungicides, but it is important to catch it early before it spreads too far. Once the disease has spread, it can be difficult to control.
Pruning infected branches and disposing of them properly can help to prevent the spread of the disease. Infected trees should be monitored closely and treated as soon as possible to prevent serious damage. A Licensed Tree Expert can assist you in the treatment, pruning and monitoring of your trees.
Fertilization can also help any tree that is suffering disease or infestation. To fertilize your pine trees, you should spread a layer of compost around the base of the tree. You can also add some organic matter to the soil, such as manure or leaves. Fertilizing your pine trees will help them to better resist diseases and pests. Your arborist or tree expert can also perform this task for you.
Pine Needle Cast is common in the Northeastern United States, but can also be found in other parts of the country. The disease is most often seen in the spring, but can occur at any time during the growing season. Pine needle cast can cause significant damage to pine trees and should be treated as soon as possible.
If you think your tree may be infected, it is important to contact a professional arborist or licensed tree expert for diagnosis and treatment.