As the summer stretches on, many homeowners are beginning to see signs of trouble in their evergreen, maple and oak trees. Have you noticed yellow leaves or dead limbs? Then your trees may be struggling as well.
The good news: there are steps you can take to improve the health of your trees, as detailed by University of Minnesota Extension. In many cases, the best thing to do is to wait and give a tree the time it needs to recover. Continue reading for tree-specific advice, and be sure to contact your local greenhouse or UMN Extension with any additional questions.
The Tree: Spruce
The Problem: Dead Needles on Lower Branches
If you’ve noticed a loss of needles on the bottom of spruce trees, you may be dealing with a needle case disease, caused by fungus from excessive rain. This is especially common when spruces are planted in a row, and don’t have sufficient air circulation. Therefore, the best long-term solution is to remove spruces that are too close to their neighbors. Alternately, you can simply prune lower branches closely.
The Tree: Evergreen
The Problem: Dead Trees Caused by Late Winter Winds
For the second year in a row, Minnesota experienced a late winter followed by dry, windy days. Needles dried out while the frozen soil prevented water from moving up into the tree to rehydrate the branches. If your tree has lost more than half of its branches, removal is recommended to avoid a bark beetle attack.
The Tree: Oak
The Problem: Lack of Leaves
Experts aren’t sure why some oaks have trouble producing leaves, but this problem has an easy solution: don’t do anything. Just give the affected trees time to recover, and most will likely survive.
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