Are the South Shore's Pine Trees Dying?

A Sayville resident wonders if storms, weather are having a damaging impact.

Have you noticed pine trees in your town not looking healthy? One Sayville resident wrote to Patch to ask if we've seen or heard anything about the trees since super storm Sandy and shared this photo of trees in her backyard.

While Patch checks in with local experts, we wanted to see if other residents are noting the same scene with pine trees on their properties and around town.

Mimi March 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Noticed this right after Sandy. I assumed it was from the salt water being blown in by the storm winds. Some trees in my neighborhood look to be getting some green back....others not so much.
Yvonne Kleine March 29, 2013 at 08:26 PM
There is a wonderful product called "Superthrive" that may be able to save the trees if you get it on them fast enough. You can get it on-line and the Walmart in Setauket carried it in the garden supply center. It's certainly worth a try. Spraying evergreens and tender shrubs with an anti-dessicant in Fall can also protect your trees and shrubs. I lost an entire row of 30 year old Boxwoods to the storm and the cold. For a gardener, this is heartbreak.
Mark R. Smith March 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Yes, due to the salt spray from Sandy many of the pines, most severely affected seem to be the long needle species, for example Eastern White Pine. While quite unsightly and disturbing, for the most part it is temporary, the trees will shed the needles in a year or two. Watch in the spring, the new green growth will really contrast with the old brown.


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