Bright, bold, green leaves are a staple of summer. They are a pleasant addition to any landscape. Also, if you are like most people, you probably enjoy the shady canopy your trees provide on sunny, hot days.
However, if you begin to see yellow leaves on your trees in the middle of summer, it may raise a bit of concern. Chances are, you’ll also want to do whatever you can to restore their former “greenness.”
The fact is, there are several reasons a tree may have yellow leave. Getting to know some of the most common will help you figure out what may be ailing your tree.
Test for Soil that’s Too Dry
If your trees are not hydrated properly, then the leaves may begin to turn yellow in color, as the tree works to conserve the water it has.
At this point, be sure to test the moisture in the tree by sticking a screwdriver into the soil close to it. If it is difficult to push down, there’s a good chance your tree is no hydrated properly and that it needs a deep watering to restore health.
Check the Moisture Level in the Soil
If you use the aforementioned screwdriver test and it shows there’s moisture deep in the roots of your tree, then you need to water less.
While you may automatically think you need to water when you see your tree’s leaves suffering, the fact is, if you overwater, you can also cause yellowing and leaf drop.
Inspect and Treat the Tree
Issues such as premature leaf drop and yellowing leave may point to an issue, such as leaf disease or even a summer pest infection. It’s a good idea to schedule a professional leaf inspection to find out what disease or pest is present and the best treatment for the problem.
If the professional rules out an infestation, then they may be able to determine if an issue called chlorosis is present. This deficiency will strip the leaves of chlorophyll, which is necessary to keep the leaves green.
The best way to determine this is by performing a soil test and then adding the needed soil amendments. Fertilizer can also be used to replenish the lacking nutrients, and all this will help your tree and restore its beautiful green leaves.
The Professionals Can Help
If you have used all the tips and information here and still can’t figure out what’s wrong with your tree, the best thing you can do is contact the professionals. They will review what is going on and help develop a plan of action to restore the health of your tree.
Keep in mind, you can’t trust just anyone with the health of your tree. As a result, it’s a good idea to take your time and find the right tree service before moving forward with a treatment plan. In the long run, this will help ensure your trees remain healthy throughout the year.