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flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117
Can birds nesting in your conifer kill your conifer? I have four conifer's and the two end ones have developed brown patches, the other two are fine, i have taken a photo but don't know how to download it onto this site. Help : /

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,593

    It wont have been birds, probably as its the end ones it could be wind damage, they wont recover, could you not dig them out and plant a couple of nice bird friendly trees, something with berries on?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • It's nothing to do with birds' nests.  Unfortunately it's a virus of some sort which has appeared in the UK in the past few years and seems now to have spread everywhere.  I've noticed that some varieties of conifer hedging seem to be more affected than others, but there's no really effective way of preventing it or dealing with its presence, so far as I know 

    After the nesting season, you might be able to deal with the brown/dead patches by removing them and tying the remaining branches across the resulting gap.  That's what I'm going to try!

  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117
    Yes i will have a trip to the garden centre, thanks for your help Lyn : )
  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117
    Thanks everyone your very helpful : )
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