The pine tree is our North Carolina's state tree and best known for lush green needles and beautifully straight trunks. This type of tree can be found all throughout NC from the mountains to the coast!
If you have pines located on your property, how are they doing? We consider it a best practice to keep up with the overall health of trees on your property. You can do so simply by taking note of any minor or significant changes you've noticed to your trees and plants. (If you'd like to save time and energy our Certified Arborists are always happy to note your properties overall tree health for you.)
A typical pest we see in pine trees throughout NC is Pine sawfly. If you'd answer that your pines seem to be doing less than great, let's go one step further to see if Pine sawfly could be the culprit. The Pine Sawfly is not dangerous to humans; however, can do some major damage to your pine trees. They feed on both native and exotic pines but seem to prefer to lay eggs on hard pines.
Here's Some Ways Pine Sawfly Damage Can Show Up In Pine Trees:
- Reddish / brown needles are noticeable throughout tree. These types of needles will look drastically different than healthy, green needles.
- Bare branches where needles once were. Once a larva becomes older (they start working smarter, not harder) and will more than likely strip branches full of needles before moving onto another branch.
- Overall sickly appearance to tree. A sick pine can look lackluster in color and bare of needles.
- Worm like larva present on pine trees.
Protect the health of your pine trees today. If the Pine Sawfly is worming around and causing damage our Certified Arborists are here to help. Consulting a Certified Arborist ensures your trees will get the best care and best course of action.