Red Band Needle Blightby Malcolm Greenhalgh on 09/26/12
Yet another disease has reached the UK and is spreading "Red Band Needle Blight". This affects conifers in the Genus Pinus (true pine). In autumn needles develop yellow bands and tan spots.; then the needles become red - brown and fall off. There is no chemical spray avaiable; RHS advice is to make sure that pines have plenty of air circulation, to prevent high humidity. So if you are going to plant pines, give loads of space.