Summer Leaf Drop
July 17, 2014
Is your tree losing leaves?
In the fall and winter, deciduous trees drop their leaves and
are dormant through the cold months. But, if your tree is losing its leaves
during the summertime, it’s likely a sign of stress.
Sacramento’s hot, dry weather can put a serious strain on our
city’s shade trees. Trees cope with this stress by dropping some leaves in an
effort to use less water and nutrients.
Mature trees that usually get regular irrigation can lose
some of their leaves due to sudden watering restrictions imposed during drought.
But, an occasional deep soak should get them through the summer and they should
recover just fine. Learn more about how to
water your mature tree.
Young trees are extra sensitive to heat stress and may not
survive summer leaf drop. Check your tree and the soil regularly and be sure to
properly water your young trees during
If you think your tree is suffering from more than heat
stress, consult a Certified
Arborist. And to learn more about caring for your trees all year long,
visit our Tree Care page.