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Early Fall Foliage Means Your Tree is Stressed

In this article with Angie's List, Bob Meoak, district manager of Davey's Cincinnati office, tells homeowners what it means if they are seeing early leaf color on the trees around their home this season. 

Posted: August 12, 2016 

Vibrant fall colors are one of the best parts of autumn. We expect to see beautiful red, orange and gold foliage in many cities across the country, but certainly not in August. It’s a problem when trees show early signs of fall — well before the summer is over.

Trees experiencing stress often exhibit browning and early leaf drop. If you see this in your own backyard, your trees may be asking for help.

Why tree leaves change color before fall

Trees that don’t get enough water, are plagued by insects or diseases, or are stressed for other reasons may stop producing chlorophyll, causing the fall coloring process to speed up and end before the summer season.

Avoid long-term tree damage

A hot summer can take its toll on trees for years to come. Even after recovering, trees may still be weak and need extra attention for the remainder of the season. Check trees now to help them make it through the remaining hot days.

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