How do you care for an Austrian pine tree?


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Austrian pine trees are hardy trees that can be best cared for by regularly pruning and watering the tree for the first year. After the first year, the Austrian pine develops resistance to drought and does not need to be watered as often. Regular removal of any dead, diseased or dying branches on the tree should be performed, but the tree should not need much additional maintenance.

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Austrian pines are versatile and can grow in many different temperature and soil conditions. As a result, they can be found in parks or landscapes all over the United States. They are resistant to the pollution commonly found in city atmospheres as well as salt in the air.

Two common diseases affecting Austrian pines are Diplodia tip blight and Dothistroma needle blight. Diplodia tip blight is a fungal disease that Austrian pines are particularly susceptible to and may not show up on a tree until it is between 15 and 20 years old. The disease can be somewhat prevented by ensuring that the Austrian pines are planted in an area with good air circulation and by regularly pruning any diseased branches. Dothistroma needle blight is another fungal disease that Austrian pines are susceptible to, but the disease can be counteracted with the application of fungicide sprays. The sprays should be used once in the middle of May and once again approximately a month later.

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