Hold a piece of white paper under a conifer stem and tap the foliage. You will probably see what looks like pepper on the paper. Run your hand gently over the debris. If a smear appears on the page, you probably have mites.

Mites suck juices from the plants, causing them to look dull and unhealthy. Mites also cause plants to lose vigor so that they may be unable to overcome a severe infestation, resulting in the plant’s death.

Spruce and arborvitae are most susceptible to infestation. Consider alternative evergreens like the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum). Frisella locally grows multiple sizes of straight species and cultivars including:

  • Shawnee Brave
  • Lindsey’s Skyward
  • Peve Minaret

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