Orange Powder On Ground Below White Pine Trees

Question From: D. Anderson - Bristol, Indiana, United States
Q: We have several 60 to 80' White pines on our lawns edge. Just recently when I walk in my lawn, or my dog walks in the lawn, I come back with orange powder like material on my shoes and my dogs feet turn orange too. Do you know what it is. 

A: Sounds like spruce needle rust, a fungus that will not kill the tree but can cause needle drop and stress. Time to call a certified arborist. Find a professional in your area at or call. 800 733-2622. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy