First time post, a question regarding a Pondarosa pine with needle wind burn due to an extreme change in wind direction about three weeks ago here in Illinois. The tree is quite old, based upon records, 110 +,the tree has substantial new buds on every branch, each needle Is brown for about 30% of each needle. What are your thoughts about trimming of the dead portion of the needle since it is no longer helping the health of the tree. Thank you, Jack
I have always trimmed off dead portions of needles on my pines. Both for aesthetic reasons and to prevent Mold, fungal issues.
In the past it was a common practise to reduce needle length in hopes of affecting the size of new needles.
I just take care to use a very sharp pair of scissors. Removing the dead portion should not affect the health of the tree.
Frank, thank you for your feedback, I appreciate it. This windburn on the pine happened on a day when we had a major weather change and I couldn’t get home, I was surprised how quickly the needles burnt. All the best to you today, thank you so much, Jack
I had this happened with my japanese white pine, only I’m in Colorado and we had 30-50 MPH winds, it was hot (downslope off the mountains) and the RH fell to 9%. Our pines have tender needles right now so this will happen pretty fast if not protected quickly. I even lost whole candles. It’s a strong tree so I think it’ll be fine as will yours.
Hi Ryan, thanks for taking time to respond. After seeing the PP out in your area last summer, it was surprising to se e how quickly the wind damaged the needles here in Illinois. Thank you, Jack