About a month ago, I noticed some of my pines turning yellow near the base of the needles.
Yellowing pine needles
I rarely see this in my older pines, but it sometimes shows up in the younger trees in my garden. It’s a common sign that the trees are staying too wet between waterings.
After a warm spring, the weather turned cool where I live. The morning fog is burning off later in the day and it’s returning earlier in the evening. As a result, my trees need less water.
When the temperatures were warmer, watering was simple – one time per day was perfect for most trees. Now that it’s cooler, I have to pay more attention to the needs of each tree.
In general, the yellowing shows up in trees that were repotted this year, typically young trees that were planted in significantly larger containers. Pines with more mature root systems and younger pines that are more root-bound dry out faster and appreciate the extra water.
Healthy pine foliage
One approach to simplifying care for trees with yellowing needles is to group them together. This can increase the odds that the trees with yellow needles stay dry when needed and the green trees receive the water they need.
Have other tricks for providing trees with the right amount of water? Share them in the comments below!
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