Recent weather patterns in New Jersey have consisted of excessive rainfall and high wind patterns, resulting in thinner canopy sizes, early fall colors caused by fungal leafspot fungi that parasitized the leaves, or a weakened root system. All of these are indications that this year has been a stressful one for our trees. 

Prior to the start of summer, we had approximately 18 months of very wet weather that kept the soil saturated. Saturated soil is generally good when it comes to trees, however, when water is in the soil for a prolonged period, oxygen begins to be displaced. This displacement of oxygen inhibits tree roots from breathing. If oxygen is displaced for too long, the roots will eventually drown and die. Those trees who have experienced this are left with a diminished root system.

We then found ourselves in a very warm start to summer. This dry and hot weather dried out the recently flooded soil. Our trees were desiring water but were unable to gain that water due to lost root system function from drowning.

When trees are weakened, the roots are the first component that must be restored for future growth. Fall fertilization can strengthen your tree roots.  Fertilization can improve color and reverse chlorosis (lack of colorful leaves)

This treatment encourages tree growth. As homeowners and businessowners alike, it is important to observe your property and actively seek out the right treatment for your stressed trees.

We encourage you this fall to prepare your tree for another stressful winter. Being proactive with tree consults, fertilize your trees in Fall, and pruning your trees in fall, will continuously reassure you, and your tree of their safety and well-being. Don’t allow your tree to become stressed today and contact one of our certified arborists regarding fall treatments.