The affected trees will show needles turning brown to gray at the tips. This may lead to an attack on the twigs and branches. The ends of the pines curl up and turn brown, typically on the lower branches of the pines.
What Will Happen To My Landscape?
As trees become weak due to the disease, they become prone to insect damage and infestation. As the disease takes hold, it will spread throughout the other pines in the landscape. Left untreated, the disease will eventually become life threatening to any tree that becomes infected.
What Can I Do About Diplodia Tip Blight?
Prune infected trees to get rid of diseased parts and increase airflow. Disinfect your pruning tool in a bleach solution of one part household bleach to four parts water after each cut. Space plants far enough apart to allow for good air circulation. At the end of the growing season, carefully clean up and destroy all needles that have dropped. If the infestations are severe, remove and destroy the plants that are infected. A combination of cultural and chemical control is often required. Most local hardware stores carry fungicides that will control diplodia tip blight. Because these sprays can cause injury to some plants, read the label thoroughly before using and apply according to the directions. Depending on the severity of the damage, more than one fungicide application may be required for complete control. Combating diplodia tip blight can be a timely and unpleasant weekend task.
How Can Natural Way Help?
Prevention is the key in controlling diplodia tip blight. Here at Natural Way we have certified professionals who are used to dealing with and controlling diseases like diplodia tip blight. Our Crab and Pine Protection Program will provide 3 critically timed sprays and properly time injections to your pine trees that will help control diplodia tip blight, extend the life of your trees and minimize overall damage.