Recently, we have noticed needle browning in pines. Many of the pines are suffering from winter desiccation. This is mostly due to lack of moisture in the soil and exposure to sun and wind. Since the ground is frozen, needles are unable to replace the moisture that is lost during the season.

Damage can vary depending on tree species, location, and weather conditions. If the damage isn't too severe then it'll bounce back in the next growing season. The best way to avoid winter desiccation in the future is to deep root water and apply anti-desiccant applications.