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We have several 10-15 f... #239120

Asked April 23, 2015, 3:13 PM EDT

We have several 10-15 foot spruce that are in distress and have lost many needles. We've been watering for the last several days…is there anything else we should be doing to try to save them?

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

Watering is advisable if conditions are dry. However, we don't have enough information to evaluate the prospects for recovery. It's important to identify what's causing the decline. An on-site inspection by a forester or certified arborist may be needed to do that.

In the meantime, see if you can identify the problem by using this diagnostic tool:

Spruce Problem Diagnosis for Yard Trees
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/backyard/treecare/forest_health/whitesprucediagnosis.pdf

Bob Bystrom Replied April 24, 2015, 10:13 AM EDT

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