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Christmas Tree Farm Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Master Gardener Tips for Christmas Trees - Articles Articles
How to choose the perfect Christmas tree and keep it fresh. More
Damage from deer to a Scots pine. Courtesy of Jan Liska, Forestry and Game Management Research Institute, Bugwood.org (#2113036)
Vertebrate Pests of Christmas Trees - Articles Articles
Birds tend not to be a big problem associated with Christmas tree production, but damage occasionally occurs to the tops, particularly of taller trees. More
Yellow bands containing faint orange fruiting bodies distinctive of spruce needle rust. Courtesy of Tracey Olson, PDA
Spruce Needle Rust - Articles Articles

Spruce Needle Rust

Ed Rajotte, Ph.D.

Infected trees may appear disfigured and have extensive needle discoloration, reduced growth, and premature needle drop. Damage will show as pale yellow bands that go completely around the needle. More
Scouting. Courtesy of Cathy Thomas, PDA
IPM for Christmas Trees: Seasonal Monitoring Guide - Articles Articles
A good scouting program for your Christmas tree farm can lead to a more accurate pest and disease control program. More
IPM for Christmas Trees: Pesticide Information
IPM for Christmas Trees: Pesticide Information - Articles Articles
On most Christmas tree farms, pesticides play a role in management of pest issues. More
Christmas Tree Farm in Schuylkill County, PA.
IPM Basics for Christmas Trees - Articles Articles

IPM Basics for Christmas Trees

Ed Rajotte, Ph.D.

The aim of this article is to help Christmas growers combat their pest problems by using integrated pest management (IPM) methods. More
Christmas tree plantation. Courtesy Lynn Kime.
IPM for Christmas Trees: Glossary - Articles Articles
Common terms used in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Christmas trees. More
Wind burn in a Christmas tree plantation. Courtesy of Linda Haugen, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org (#1400013)
Environmental Damage to Christmas Trees - Articles Articles
Air pollution has been shown to affect all conifers. In general, eastern white pine is the most susceptible, but spruce may be the most sensitive in industrial areas. More
Herbicide damage to a white fir. Courtesty of USDA Forest Service Ogden Archive, Bugwood.org (#1467206)
Chemical Damage of Christmas Trees - Articles Articles
Chemical damage can result from pesticide applications made during the growing season. More
Selection and Care of Cut Christmas Trees
Selection and Care of Cut Christmas Trees - Articles Articles
Despite the popularity and life-like appearance of modern artificial trees, nothing says Christmas like the fragrance a cut, live Christmas tree brings to your home. More
Scott Tunnock, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Pine Needle Scale - Articles Articles
The pine needle scale is a key native pest of pine, Douglas-fir, spruce, and cedar in landscapes, nurseries, and Christmas tree plantations in Pennsylvania. More
Caring for Your Cut Christmas Tree
Caring for Your Cut Christmas Tree - Articles Articles
The key to maintaining your live Christmas tree throughout the holiday season is to give it the proper care from the time it is purchased until the tree is removed from your home. More
Rhododendrons and azaleas
Evergreen Shrubs and Trees for Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
This article explains hardiness and site requirements, landscape use, and characteristics of selected evergreen plants. More
Spruce Diseases
Spruce Diseases - Articles Articles

Spruce Diseases

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Spruce diseases. More
Pine Diseases
Pine Diseases - Articles Articles

Pine Diseases

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Pine diseases. More
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