Trees with Health Problems Change Color or Drop Leaves Too Early; Giroud Tree and Lawn Urges Homeowners to Be Alert for Fall Warning Signs of Sick Trees

Half of this Maple changed color before the rest of the tree. Giroud Tree and Lawn found that girdling roots were strangling the tree.

Homeowners need to be alert for warning signs like early color change that indicate a tree’s health is in jeopardy.

Trees with fall colors are not a good sign in September. Sycamores, Oaks, Maples and other hardwoods should be in full leaf and green through September. When a tree is under stress, its leaves will change color early as the tree shuts down for winter before other trees of the same type. Giroud Tree and Lawn provides the top five Fall warning signs for trees and the tree service actions Philadelphia homeowners can take to keep trees healthy and safe.

This fall, Philadelphia homeowners need to be on the alert for the five major warning signs that a tree’s health is in jeopardy.

1.    Leaf Issues: Leaves of the same type of tree should change color and drop at about the same time. Changes before late September may be a sign of health problems. Last year’s drought is having a big impact on many trees. According to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, “negative effects of drought on plant growth and health may continue to be a problem for years to come.”    

2.    Decay: Mushrooms and shelf fungi are symptoms of decay when growing out of the root system or trunk of a tree. Another sign of decay is a cavity. If the decay is extensive, then the tree may be hazardous.

3.    Disease: With so much rainfall this summer, fungal diseases are rampant. In particular, Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS) has affected many Oaks and other hardwoods. If BLS is identified in the Fall, the tree should be treated with a Biostimulant now and treated with an Antibiotic the following Spring.

4.    Insects: When a tree is in trouble Borers such as Bronze Birch Borer and other bark beetles often move in. One of the biggest Borer problems is Emerald Ash Borer. A 100% fatal pest, professional treatment with a Tree-age trunk injection is the only way to protect Ash from Emerald Ash Borer.

5.    Excessive deadwood: Dead branches can be a serious safety hazard to people and property. Brittle branches tend to break more easily in wind, snow and ice. …

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