They look like my neighbor's spruce which has only gotton worse
and worse every year. Now it looks to have spread to his other
spruce. The tree started going downhill soon after our street was
(His are badly placed trees to begin with, huge, in a small front
yard, with power lines in front of them. I'm sure the cost of
removing them would be too much for him, as a retiree.)
Something similar happened to the spruce trees at the local
elementary school when they expanded the nearby parking lot.
May I hazard a guess that that nice blacktop running along
the line of trees was fairly recently done?
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
I think you've put your finger on it - here's an article I just found
describing exactly what you're talking about, and it seems to be the
case with these trees:
The pavement was installed long after those trees were -planted and is
preventing water and air from reaching the roots... you can see where
the lower branches were removed and where the construction machinery
has scarred the bark. Those trees are slowly dying, they should be
removed before they fall.
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