Can branches of a spruce tree that was peed on & browned come back?

My daughter planted a little spruce tree when it was a twig, she is now twenty and it is three feet tall. Unfortunately I have a neighbor who let's his dog run all over and he peed on her tree causing one of the branches to turn brown ( the needles). Will they come back, is there something I can do, it's right in the front of the tree and will affect it's looks if I cut it..icon
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  • Ellis Ellis on May 30, 2017
    I don't know about the tree, but you can buy a product at nurseries that will discourage the dog. You just have to keep applying it after rains. I did this for a while, then finally told my neighbor to control their dog. They got mad, but it worked. Depending on your neighbor, you might try it.

    • Gerlinde Gruettner Gerlinde Gruettner on May 31, 2017
      Yeah I had the same response, when I told him to keep his dog in his yard and to clean up the 20 piles of poop he left behind in mine..He's young with an attitude problem and not a very respectful neighbor. Thanks..

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 30, 2017
    You can try to remove the dead branch,and apply a small amount of evergreen food in the early morning hrs.

    • Gerlinde Gruettner Gerlinde Gruettner on May 31, 2017
      Thank-you. I want to try not to cut the branch off if I can help it, but the needles are all brown, either way, it will look bad. If I leave them or cut it, because it's right in the front center. Thank you..

  • Let it be and let nature take its course, it will be fine. The needles turned brown because the dog peed on it, but it will recover and repair itself. No human intervention required. So sorry about your neighbor, I have one of those too, but he is not that young and should know better . . . Sad part is I know his parents and he wasn't raised that way.

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    • With your tender loving care, I am confident it will recover. Just keep an eagle eye out for the dog, I feel sorry for the dog as he has to live with your neighbor. Dogs are awesome creatures but they need to be trained, as well as their owners.

  • Lydia Weikel Cox Lydia Weikel Cox on May 31, 2017
    There is a type of spruce, Dwarf Alberta Spruce, that is very slow growing. If your tree is only 3' high after near 20 years, I wonder if it may be that kind. I had one about 12 years that was under 2' but had been nearly a foot tall when I got it. Anyway, that cultivar has a tendency to be plagued by a mite that turns branches brown and often eventually kills the tree. It needs protection from hard winds and piled up snow, but if planted too close to building foundation or a retaining wall, it has higher likelihood of getting the mite infestation. All things I learned later! Trimmiming off brown parts and burning might help reduce infestation vs allowing browned needles drop with larva inside, but my tree struggledseveral years before succumbing despite care. It looked like one might after a dog watered it, but that wasn't the case at my house.

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    • Lillie DeWitt Lillie DeWitt on Jun 05, 2017
      I would use a strong pressure of the garden hose to keep washing the pee off,,,and by all means Tell Your Neighbor!

  • Judith Judith on May 31, 2017
    I am inclined to agree with Lydia. There are a lot of things that can cause browning: the kind of soil, drainage, nutrients, and exposure to weather.

    • Gerlinde Gruettner Gerlinde Gruettner on Jun 01, 2017
      Yes I know, but it is only one branch and I guess I should have stated I saw the dog going on it, the only spot that is brown. The rest of the tree is bright green with all new growth on it.