Many of our local trees are suffering this year. Changes in seasonal weather are damaging the health and beauty of our trees, as long stretches of hot, humid weather and drought are taking their toll on our trees and shrubs. If you look around at your plants’ leaves you will see damaged, browned, and dried out edges. This is called Leaf Scorch. The leaves have also started dropping during the summer months instead of the fall months when they normally turn beautiful colors and then fall.
Here are some of the weather and environmental factors causing Leaf Scorch and massive, early leaf drop:
- Several early spring storms with winds interrupted early leaf development
- Waxy leaf coating, epidermis, did not develop properly causing leaves to be much thinner and more delicate than normal
- Salt spray along the coast caused buds to be stunted and deformed
- Long stretches of high humidity, lack of rain and heat has scorched leaf margins
Early loss of leaves limits the amount of time trees have to build up reserves through photosynthesis. Loss of leaves and drought stress can weaken trees and cause future limb loss. The impact of Leaf Scorch and early leaf drop will affect your trees for many years to come.
How to Save Your Plants
Here are the two best tactics that you can use for all of your plants to keep them as healthy as possible:
- Water plants during hot and dry spells
- Deep root, liquid fertilize your plants
Deep Root, Liquid Fertilization
Residential trees and shrubs do not get the natural nutrients found in a forest where fallen leaves break down into loamy humus. Deep root, liquid fertilization contains those missing nutrients which will invigorate and strengthen your plants. The fertilizer is injected directly into their root system supplying not only the missing vital materials, but also giving them a thorough watering.
For more information on Leaf Scorch or improving the health of your tree and shrubs, please give us a call at (877)308-8733 or (781)598-1924 and ask for Bonnie, or request a free consultation below.