How is All This RAIN Affecting Your TREES?
We are all seeing a lot of crab apples and birches with leaves turning yellow and falling off. Argh! What’s happening?!
“Too much rain has saturated the soil, and no oxygen is available to the roots, which is causing the leaves to drop. Especially in Ann Arbor where soils are heavy with clay. You may see 75% of a trees leaves fall off! But don’t worry, this does not mean the trees are sick or dying.”
Fungal diseases can’t be stopped once you see them, sadly. But, they can often be successfully prevented with fungicide sprays in the spring as new growth emerges.
We can do that!
- Clean up fallen leaves. Remove the leaf debris soon as you can. This prevents fungus from taking hold in the healthy wet leaves on the ground, and also slows the spread of disease from infected leaves to healthy plants.
- Schedule deep root Fertilization this fall. Healthy trees are more likely to bounce back from stress and better able to survive the onslaught of pests like fungus, as well as the creepy crawly ones.
- Sign up for preventative fungicide sprays in the spring.