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    Are Your Trees Dying from Stress? Warning Signs & How to Save Them!

    Shaun Kanary
    Posted by: Shaun Kanary on July 25, 2012

    drought stress treesYou might be thinking that we're experiencing a bit of an early fall season with trees around Ohio turning brilliant red, orange, and yellow, then dropping their leaves.  While this may be normal in late September to Mid-October, seeing trees turn this early is a sign that they are in big trouble, and are stressed from the current drought.

    Symptoms & Signs

    This drought has claimed many shrubs and trees already, and not all of those showing signs of stress will make it without your help.  Signs of tree/shrub stress include, wilted leaves, leaves with a gray-ish cast, scorched leaves, yellowing leaves (particularly interior ones) and dropping leaves.  Trees and shrubs do this to conserve energy and resources.  It would be similar to you closing up rooms in your house and shutting off heat to conserve energy and make your resources (heat) stretch farther.

    How to Help Them

    Water, water and more water!  During the drought, many people forget that their trees/shrubs are desperate for water!  Water slow, and steady everyday to nurse your plants back to health.  Drip irrigation systems and drip buckets/bags are ideal, because they put out small amounts of water, allowing your plants to absorb all of it, without runoff.

    Below you'll find a video on how you can easily install a drip irrigation system.

    Tree Drenching to Return Nutrients to the Soil

    Tree drenching is a popular termonology being used right now.  Tree & shrub drenches help restore microbial activity in the soil, allowing the natural fertilizing process to take place, bringing much needed nutrients to the soil around your plants.

    Weed Pro and other lawn care/tree care companies offer these services for a nominal fee, which can make a tremendous difference in the appearance of your plant.  In some cases, watering alone will not save your plant, however plant drenching will. 

    Free Tree/Shrub Summer Care Download

    Weed Pro is ready to help you through this terrible drought, and can help you keep your plants safe.  Our FREE eGuide will provide you with the knowledge that can save your plants. Download this guide for free by clicking on the link below:

    Plant Maintenance


    Shaun Kanary

    Shaun has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro, a Cleveland and Columbus Fertilizing Company, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazines and blogs.

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