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Mugo Pine

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Question: 572-2711
I keep cutting back my Mugo Pines but I can not force growth to the bottom. What could be the problem? Dee, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
Technically a Swiss Stone Pine is Pinus mugo, which grows to 75 feet. Dwarf mugos that are used in Japanese gardens are P.mugo mugo or P.mugo nana. I would stop torturing your pine before it pines away. You might consider moving the tree to a more advantageous spot.

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Question: 1214-5114
We have a Mugo pine that was planted about five years ago. Its new growth was stunted. There are no signs of insects. We also have bumps in the lawn. Any ideas? Don, Middletown, RI

Mort's Answer:
They could be related and be the root of your problems. It is likely that there are grubs feeding on the roots of the pine and your lawn. You can check the pine by digging near the roots. If you see small shrimp like bugs, they are feeding on the pine. You will definitely need to apply a grubicide in the spring when the ground is about 65 degrees. Follow directions on the package. Moles are eating your grubs. If you like an organic approach, you can allow the moles to do the job but you will still have bumps in the grass and the pine may not survive. You could apply cinnamon and force the moles to a neighbors house but the grubs will win the day. Unfortunately, when plants are attacked they are vulnerable to many other infestations. By getting rid of the grubs the moles will go to greener pastures and your plants will be healthier.

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