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Saturday - October 20, 2012

From: Farmingville, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Diseases and Disorders, Pests, Shrubs, Trees
Title: Cupressaceae dying in Suffolk Co.NY
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I have noticed that all of my Cupressaceae (& others I see in my area) are dying. They turn yellow, then rust & brown til they are everbrowns. what is going on?

ANSWER:

We answered an almost identical question from Sufflock Co., NY last year, and will suggest you read it and see if you get some help. In a nutshell, we believed the problem to be mites, which were a big problem virtually all over the country last year and are apparently coming back.

 

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