Do you have an evergreen tree on your property? Something like a Green Giant, Arborvitae, or Cryptomeria? If so, you might be looking at them right now and thinking, oh no, this thing is dying! Well good news for you and your tree, it is not dying. These trees commonly go through a needle-drop process to lighten their load. It is a normal part of their life cycle. Common stressors like drought or insect damage can speed up this process or be a major factor for why this is happening though. We recommend getting inside of your evergreen and inspecting. Look for the browning of the tips to be coming from the inside out. This is usually because the inside needles of the tree are the oldest and are the first to go when the tree feels it needs to lighten its load. If the outside tips are brown you have a more serious issue. Also, while inspecting your tree, look for insect activity. Mites are a common pest found on these trees so look for tiny white dots that are moving, or any webbing in the tree. Also, check to make sure drought is not playing a big factor. The Richmond area has gets a lot of rain all at once and then many weeks without rain. Dig down a small amount around the base of the tree and feel the soil. Is it wet and moist or bone dry? This can be very telling.
If you are having any concerns or feel unable to identify any issues, give us a call! We can come out and diagnose your tree for you. Our tree and shrub program is great for curing any issues and maintaining overall health of these trees. This program uses all organic fertilizers and organic pest control! They are expensive trees, so let our tree and shrub program protect your investment!