Pine Trees Are Dropping Larger Clusters Of Needles Than Ever Before

Question From: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Q: My pine tree drops needles every fall, so that I understand to be quite normal, however this fall and through the winter it has continued to drop 3 inch segments of needle clusters including the branch that the needles are attached to. There are probably 100 needles on each segment. This has never happened before. If you need a picture to better explain my concern, I can certainly accommodate. I live in Wisconsin Dells, WI. I have several varieties of pine trees in my yard, this particular one is probably a one inch needle that has a sweeping effect - very majestic. Its a large tree and quite beautiful. I've lived here for over 15 years, and imagine the tree to be quite a bit older. Thank you for your kind reply.

A: There are many new diseases and insects that are attacking evergreens and drought has only added to the problems. If it were my tree I would have it looked at by a certified arborist. To find one in your go to Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy