Leaf drop: late, normal, earlier ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Seems like we got faked out again. Last year after the severe drought, we thought we might have an early leaf drop but then the moisture came in OCT and the trees hung on to their leaves to make food for survival. Now this year, with all the rain, I thought we'd have at least a "normal" leaf drop time frame but I see many trees that are still dark green(aside from the orn. pears which always fall late).

    So, are your leaves about on schedule for your area? I think here in PA we're a couple weeks late as I always remember having alot of leaves for Halloween decorating...but not this year.

    Good ol Mother Nature is interesting to observe...
  2. Maples are 50% bare. Some other species are completely bare.
    I dunno.. Oct 26th Maybe this is normal for sw Ohio.

  3. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    We started about right , then last Wednesday we got heavy winds, which took out lots of leaves, branches and trees. But it seems that we are still basicly on schedule. The oaks are just in color now, Norway Maples are still green as well as the Bradford pears that you mentioned.
    (I'm in western NY, about mid way north and south, our elevation varies between 1000 and 2200 feet)
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    We are close to being right on if not a little slow. I have always heard that it is light or lavk of that makes them drop. My signal tree is an ash in my yard and it always drops first. It did that again this year.
    Our stubborn ones are the silver maples. I have a few that hold their coat until late in the season. I usually figure to be done at Thanksgiving weekend.
  5. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    I think we are a little slow here. Started falling quick, then stopped.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Pretty much on schedule I think...I just hope the white stuff holds off till they're all down and picked up.
  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    will the miracles ever cease Rod...you actually mention the white stuff without tacking on the word "Cha Ching" .....wow
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i think after the big rains and winds come tomorrow, we should be right on schedule. plan on starting cleanups at work late next week. usually cleanups start right around halloween and it looks like that will happen this year as well. got 1 leaf box on, and one more to put on.
  9. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    We're about normal tthis year. Last yea rI remembe I was doing cleanups even after the first snowfall because there was still leaves on trees. Our maples and oaks still have most of their leave but on some properties they are mostly off so some trees are different than others but for the most part we still got leaves on the trees. Everyone have fun with their cleanups now. ;)
  10. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    It's the lack of light as well as the temperature. It's been real warm here except for the last couple days. It's supposed to get down to 10 degrees this next week, and that's COLD for this area. It usually gets that cold maybe a day or two in Jan. or Feb. not October!

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