Bald Cypress Tree Growth Is Thinning

Question From: J. Bordwine - Winchester, Virginia, United States
Q: My approx 35 ft tall bald cypress tree was gorgeous when we bought our home 4 years ago in Virginia, so full that you couldn't see through it. Last year I noticed you could see through the tree, and now this year the branches have very short lighter colored needles. The upper third of the tree looks better, though it too is lighter in color than several years ago. Is this how chlorosis presents? Four years ago I cleaned out the weeds and vines that were under/around the tree, planted thyme, oregano, sage and bleeding hearts on the side of the tree bordering the yard, have applied Holly-tone several times to the rhododendrons and azaleas closer to the house foundation on the other side of the tree, and keep it all mulched with double shredded wood mulch. The acid-loving shrubs are now thriving, the herbs and bleeding hearts look great, but I am worried about my tree! Any thoughts?

A: I don't have a crystal ball. If you hope to save the tree have it inspected by a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best Nancy