Spiral Juniper and Pom Tree turning brown

Disease Information

Spiral Juniper and Pom Tree turning brown

 

There are several common problems that can cause browning of needles and shoots.

 

Junipers frequently exhibit problems from "blights" that are caused by fungus. Symptoms like shoot tips or entire shoots and browning of needles may cause dying branches on the plant. This type of disease begins by infecting the tips of branches smaller than the diameter of a pencil. The new, immature growth becomes infected while the darker green, mature foliage remains resistant to infection.  As disease development progresses, the needle browning spreads upward and outward.

Each of these diseases requires similar methods of control. First, closely inspect the entire plant, since symptoms of tip blight and twig blight can be caused by other problems, such as drought, over watering or root injury.

 

There are a number of pest`s that like to attack Junipers such as Spider Mites or Bagworms. Naturally occurring enemies of mites include various predator mites, ladybird beetles (ladybugs) and other insects. These predators will usually suppress mite populations. Since insecticide use kills beneficial predators as well as mites, insecticides should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.Naturally occurring enemies of mites include various predator mites,ladybugs, and other insects. These predators will usually suppress mite populations. Since insecticide use kills beneficial predators as well as mites, insecticides should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

 

There are other problems that can cause similar looking symptoms on junipers. Check to see if the ground is dry or frozen. Overwatering causes the plant`s root to rot, therefore rendering it unable to take up water so make sure your not watering too much.

 

I have used Bayer Insect Disease and Mite Control, Ortho Flower, Fruit, and Vegetable insect killer, and Bonide all seasons spray oil.These products should always be used according to manufactures` labels so as not to cause too much harm to beneficial bugs. Remember to trim off the dead plant material before spraying to be more effective eradicating fungus or bugs..

 



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