1 year, 5 months ago Poodle pine needles turning brown Q&A Needles are turning brown. Advice? - Dave - Comments Jo Co Master Gardener 1 year, 5 months ago Dave, Is this a new plant or mature? If the browning needles are last years growth, that would be the normal needle drop that happens in late summer or fall on pines. If the needles are new season growth, that could be any number of things, some disease or environmental stress. Also, is the browning all over the plant, or just on one side? At the top or bottom? If the browning needles are the current season needles, then a sample to your extension service would be in order. Lastly, if all the needles are brown, then you should check to see if the pine is still alive. If you can post a picture, that would help. Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener Sign in with Facebook to comment. Copyright 2014 The Kansas City Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.