Why Is My Tree Dropping Leaves?


Have you been noticing empty spots in your trees? Trees dropping leaves can be caused by a number of reasons including but not limited to drought, stress, insects, diseases and more! Since there are so many different causes for a tree to drop its leaves, it is best to contact a certified arborist from North American tree service to come out and assess the damage on the tree and provide you with a written free estimate on your trees in Lilburn. However, in the meantime, we can provide some basic information to help you identify the issue before the certified arborist comes out.

  • If you have noticed empty spots in your trees where the leaves have dropped or not emerged for the season, borer insects such as beetles or caterpillars can be the culprit. Common signs of these insects include holes throughout the leaves and cambium layer on the tree itself.

  • Another issue that is more common commonly related to leaf drop is weather stress. If you live in an area that has recently gone through extreme highs or lows in the weather, this can cause your tree to go into shock preventing nutrition from properly absorbing through the roots. This results in leaf drop but can be fixed easily by adjusting your maintenance techniques such as a watering schedule that is more pertinent in the summer months.

  • It is a good idea to check the soil around The base of your trees for compaction by lawnmowers or other heavy equipment. If the soil around the base of your tree is to compacted it prohibits the roots from growing efficiently and can cause significant leave drop.

  • Look for any signs of holes, slime, insects, or fungus growing on the trunk or around the base near the roof zone of your trees as this can be a bigger problem. If you notice any type of diseases on your trees in Lilburn, make sure you contact a certified arborist for a free estimate on your trees as soon as possible.

Identifying diseases and pest problems within your trees in a timely manner is key to the survival of your trees. Make sure you contact your local certified Arborist and have your trees assessed at the first sign of any stress. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office using the link below!

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