Evergreens Can Fool You

Do you remember learning in school about deciduous trees and evergreen or conifer trees? The big distinguishing difference is that deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter and evergreen or conifer trees keep their green “leaves” or needles all winter.

Image: Notice the aspens leaves are changing and the spruce trees remain green.

Even though conifer trees don’t lose their needles in the winter the tree needs a way to shed out the old growth. They do that with an annual shed about the same time as deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall. Think of it like animals, they shed their summer coat before growing their winter coat and vise versa in the spring. The trees are getting rid of the old to prepare for dormancy in the winter and save energy for new growth that will occur in the spring. When you hike out in the woods you will notice needles on the ground around the spruce, fir and pine trees, and that is another indicator that this is a natural event with conifer trees.

Image: Notice how there is excessive needle loss. This is different than the normal seasonal needle shed.

This shed is often confused with the tree dying or being diseased, but rest assured most of the time this is a natural process. If you are concerned about your conifer trees needles turning yellow or brown take a closer look and see if it is just the internal needles that are turning or if all the needles are turning. If it is just a few internal needles on the branches then it is most likely the tree shedding. If all the needles are turning brown there may be another underlying issue.

Image: Normal seasonal needle shed

If you do still have questions about your evergreen trees needles turning yellow or brown feel free to give us a call and send us a picture of the tree and we will give you an assessment to see if there is something more going on with your trees. Happy Fall!

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14:47 06 Aug 19
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Ilene Gauger
Ilene Gauger
20:11 16 May 19
We had several trees that needed major pruning. They showed up on time and were so professional. They did an amazing job of cleaning up - even raked the tire marks out of the dirt field. I would not hesitate to recommend them.read more
Glenn Frommer
Glenn Frommer
13:56 08 Nov 18
This is the email I wrote to Mike Earl, the owner of Old Growth, after they completed the removal of 15 Aspens and cleaned up 15 others. Mike - your crew did a really terrific job. I was amazed at how skilled they are at getting trees to land exactly where they want and was delighted by how thorough they were on the clean up of the job. Really appreciate your time in working with the Planning Board. Great job all around and we'll be working with you for years to come.read more
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Traci Bratton
15:54 29 Oct 18
I absolutely love the care and expertise which Old Growth operates. They are always professional, timely, and really know their stuff. They provide an "above and beyond" experience every time.read more
Todd Bar
Todd Bar
19:59 20 Aug 18
I used Old Growth to remove 4 large dead Aspens that were less than 10 feet from our home in Beaver Creek, CO. They did a very good job at a fair price. I would definitely use them again if the need arose.read more
Richard Stovall
Richard Stovall
18:54 08 May 18
Absolutely terrific service. These guys are truly real professionals! My wife and I have used them on a number of both routine and complicated projects. They were great on all of them.read more
JUDI ELLIOTT KIRBY
JUDI ELLIOTT KIRBY
18:54 02 May 18
We highly recommend Old Growth Tree Service. They removed four trees from our yard.. were timely and left the areas very clean. Don't hesitate to call them for your tree needs.read more
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Gary Blamire
Gary Blamire
14:18 24 Apr 18
Removed a large, partially fallen tree from my property. I was concerned the tree would fall into the house. They assessed and removed the tree the same day. Very professional. Thanks to Matt and Mike.read more
William R.
William R.
15:05 09 Aug 17
I switched from another service to Old Growth TreeService, and am very glad that I did. Mike Earl is a skilled arborist and definitely knows what he is...read more
Bo P.
Bo P.
10:53 30 May 17
Mike and his crew are top notch! Mike makes it his personal business to keep our trees healthy and thriving which can be pretty tough in our climate. We...read more
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