I have a 20 foot tall Norway Spruce tree that I am worried about. Its interior is almost entirely brown; earlier this spring I could shake the branches and the needles would fall to the ground in showers. However, there are new cones and the tips have new green sprouts right now.
This is one of my favorite trees and I had it moved three years ago from another spot on my property – close to the road and the electric wires where it never should have been planted by the previous owner – so I feel especially bad about the possibility of losing it.
I have fertilized it with Holly Tone last fall and again this spring. Finally, you should know that it is planted under a hugh sugar maple; this is a very tall tree but limited sunlight might be the problem.
Any suggestions about what I can do to rescue this tree? Thanks.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.