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Preventive Medicine

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We have now received three diagnoses for what has possibly been killing our pine trees over the three years that we have lived here.

The first guy thought it might be related to spider mites. He offered to treat all our trees with over $1000 worth of insecticide.

The second guy became very alarmed over the visible damage from sap suckers. I am grateful that the second guy was at least thorough enough to have also taken needle samples back for further analysis and consultation with other experts.

We are feeling most confident with the follow-up diagnosis he came up with of a fungus. Given that we are not interested in applying toxins in hopes of treating our remaining trees, I have responded to advice from the arborist to give our remaining healthy trees plenty of food and water for the best chance going forward.

DSCN4529eWhen he suggested giving them a good bedding, I pointed out that I have plenty of composting horse manure.

“That would be great for bedding.” he said.

Done.

Well, one done. Many to go.

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Written by johnwhays

March 21, 2016 at 6:00 am