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Monday, April 4, 2011
Condolences to those growing doug-firs
Not long ago I was advising people to consider growing douglas-fir as an evergreen alternative to spruces and pines. This spring many of the doug-firs in our area look near death. State plant pathologists report that two fungal pathogens are plaguing this conifer -- swiss needle-cast and rhadocline needle-cast. Both diseases spread in the early spring. GreenStreet Tree Care (my company) will be trying a course of fungicide sprays this year in hopes of turning some of these trees around.