In this WQAD 8 article, Robert Spartz from Davey's Quad Cities office discusses the impact the winter weather has had on evergreen trees.

Posted: January 23, 2024

If your evergreens are looking more brown than green this year, you might not be alone, according to a local arborist group. 5 small pine cones hanging from a snow covered evergreen branch

While evergreens naturally shed old needles during the growing cycle, the Quad Cities branch of Davey Tree Services says distress has been evident on local evergreens, including needles turning brown and yellow. 

If your tree has brown needles present on the interior of the tree, it's part of a natural cycle. This can be checked by touching the soil. If it's moist to the touch and there are no signs of infestations or infections, your tree is most likely okay. 

However, if you're noticing brown needles along the outside of your tree, it could be a sign of a couple red flags:

  • Dry soil  
  • Sunny days 
  • Infecting intruder 

To read Robert's tips, click here.

For more information, contact the Quad Cities Davey office.

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