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Old 09-07-2015, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I will post some pics later (tomorrow hopefully), but I have an issue with the slash and loblolly pine trees dying on my property.

Three in the lower yard have perished and now two on the upper lawn are getting brown needles from the bottom up. I looked and this year they do not have the green worms like they had in the years past.

Anything that could be causing this? We have had plenty of rain and a hot summer, which these trees thrive on. I do not see any out in the "wild" that are dying.

Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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There is some kind of pine beetle that is killing a great many pines.
My neighbor lost a gorgeous huge white pine 2 years ago to them.
They kill quick.
Sad really.
Nothing you can do, get the chainsaw ready.
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Old 09-10-2015, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Thanks. Well we have white pines on the land too and they are ok, the browning needles are hitting the slash and loblolly pines, as least 3 have already completely died and two more are starting to brown... about 4 more are ok for now. I have noticed other loblolly and slash pines around the local area (out in the wild, along the highways, etc) and they are still perfectly green and lush. I have meant to get pics before now, but haven't had time.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Tennessee,
When you get a chance, go to the tree and see how easy it is to peel off a section of bark.
If the bark is real tight, and you don't see any holes at all either in the bark, or there is nothing
at the base of the tree, webs, or white or yellow "dust" stuff, it may not be beetles.
Sad to say, 9 times out of 10, it probably is some kind of beetle.
I looked up Southern pine beetle online, and in SC there are at least 5 bad beetles that
attack our trees. I think they would probably be the same beetles for you too since you are close.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:43 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If it is pine beetle or any other bug, get some pour-on systemic insecticide and follow the direction on the package and give the roots a good soak.
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Tennessee,
When you get a chance, go to the tree and see how easy it is to peel off a section of bark.
If the bark is real tight, and you don't see any holes at all either in the bark, or there is nothing
at the base of the tree, webs, or white or yellow "dust" stuff, it may not be beetles.
Sad to say, 9 times out of 10, it probably is some kind of beetle.
I looked up Southern pine beetle online, and in SC there are at least 5 bad beetles that
attack our trees. I think they would probably be the same beetles for you too since you are close.
I will do that, thanks! I was in upstate South Carolina (Anderson area and northward) last weekend visiting relatives and I didn't notice any other slash/loblolly pines doing this as mine is, but it may hit certain areas and just not in any areas I was passing by. Even here I do not see any out in the "wild" doing this, they seem to be targeting my trees, which are less than 10 years old.

Thanks again, I will report my findings.

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If it is pine beetle or any other bug, get some pour-on systemic insecticide and follow the direction on the package and give the roots a good soak.
Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Are these bottom branches shaded any? Slash pine self prunes it's lower branches easily when they're shaded.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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OP I'd get the local extension to try to take a look if they can. Here is a link that describes some pine diseases:
Pine Diseases
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