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Tree dropping leaves please help (picture included)

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by FERT-TEK, Jun 15, 2007.


    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    First let me say that I know very little about caring for trees. Having said that, I have a Black Alder clump tree in my back yard that is dropping its leaves and I want to know what I could or should do to prevent this. I am in the Chicago suburbs where we have had a dry spring so far but have had some rain lin the last two weeks. The tree appears healthy to me and is watered once a week. The leaves you see in the picture all dropped in the last 24 hrs if that helps.

    Sorry about the picuture it was taken with a camera phone. Let me know if you need others to diagnose this problem

    Black Alder Tree.jpg
  2. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 549

    its the same here in iowa. im the upper 90's without rain for about a month some leaves are falling. its did it last year to and all the trees i've see do it then, are still growing.
  3. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    Had the same problem last year when we were under a drought. A sweet gum maple planted in 1978 lost its leaves after they turned brown. When we got the needed rain it regrew leaves and came out of it.

    Then we had an ice storm of the century --- lost a big portion of the limbs but it is green this year.


    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    Even though I have been watering it, do you think it needs more? Is this how some trees go dormant in dry weather?
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    Well I do know when a tree is stressed it sometimes even appears to have died. Pines in my area will start turning brown and dropping needles.

    Some trees require a lot of water -- 50 gals a day. I'm not a tree expert person but if it were my tree I give it more water.

    I'm sure I am not the only one curious about your photo. What is the purpose of the watering can ?


    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    good question, it is for the hanging baskets above it, not the tree
  7. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    have you tried calling an arborist?
  8. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Lay that hose at the base of the tree , turn on just a trickle for several hours - if your problem is water , the leaves should stop dropping . The tree does not look to be drought stressed , though .

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